Lake Worth, FL asked in Civil Litigation and Traffic Tickets for Florida

Q: Officer asked for registration and said " hold on i will be right back" and didn't ask again for it, then gave us ticket

Officer was asking for registration and driver took considerable amount of time, the officer said he'd be back, then came back, didn't ask for it again but the driver had found it and when the officer came back he said they had found the info on the computer. Later on, he went back to his vehicle and came back with a ticket saying Failed to display vehicle registration. Is that that right?

2 Lawyer Answers
Jean Richardson
Jean Richardson
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • North Miami, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If your vehicle was registered at the time, ask for a court date. If the officer doesn't show, the ticket will be dismissed. If he shows, you can argue that you had the registration available and explain what you stated above to the magistrate. Bring the vehicle registration with you to the hearing.

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
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  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Fumbling around for the vehicle registration for a "considerable amount of time" is a tell; the officer probably decided to give you a ticket long before you found it. This is a really good opportunity to learn a very important lesson: Keep the vehicle registration in the vehicle at all times. DO NOT CARRY IT IN YOUR WALLET OR PURSE.

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