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Woman Uses Stolen License Plate as Defense in Traffic Court

If you are like most people, you don’t keep a close eye on your license plates. You assume that they are in place, if you even give them a thought at all. After reading about this story in New York, you may find yourself checking your plates more often.

A woman in New York was surprised to find two red light tickets in her mailbox. She ran out to her vehicle and found that her front license plate had been removed. She called the police department who came to her house to take a report. When presented with the photos of the vehicle running the red lights, it was easy to see that it wasn’t her SUV, but it was her license plate on the rear of the vehicle.

The woman went to the DMV and gave them her remaining plate in exchange for two new ones. Despite taking all the right steps, the woman continued to receive red light tickets in the mail. She fought the tickets in court, but was found to be liable anyway. The woman will appeal her case and see if she can’t have the judgment overturned.

A representative of the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency said that if plates are reported stolen, a person typically is not responsible for any violations belonging to that plate. If the plate is still on the car, the car would have to be reported stolen. Why the woman in this case is still being held accountable was not clearly explained.

If you have been cited for a traffic violation in New York, you have rights. Reach out to our team for assistance today and learn how we can help you. We can review the details of your citation and advise you of your best options for moving forward.

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