Washington, DC asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland

Q: So if your vehicle isn’t registered in the state of Maryland and is registered in Florida how can they enforce the law?

13.411 CLI

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Next time they run the tag in Maryland, with an unpaid ticket, it gets the boot and a tow. Then you pay the tow, storage, unpaid fines that have doubled or tripled on the late penalties, in order to get you car out of hock. And no amount of crying, yelling, belly-aching or screaming at the tow/storage facility guy will get the bill reduced. But if you never come back, you may just get away with it.

For this violation, 13-411(c)(2) provides: "For a violation involving the placement of an object framing or bordering the edges of a registration plate, a police officer may enforce this subsection only as a secondary action when the police officer detains a driver of a motor vehicle for a suspected violation of another provision of the Code." So, were you legitimately stopped for another reason, and only received this ticket? You may have a defense, but it's not worth paying a lawyer to defend it.

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