Driving Without Registration Lawyer Philadelphia
Registering your car can be a bother that many people don’t feel like taking care of. Dealing with PennDOT is often a slow and tedious process, while paying fees and taxes makes you feel like Uncle Sam has his hand in your wallet yet again. So you have to pay for the car, pay taxes on the car, pay for registration, and pay for insurance…does it ever end? Unfortunately, it does not. But these fees and costs do have a purpose, and they are requirements to enjoy the privilege of driving in Pennsylvania, or any other state for that matter. Keep in mind that driving is a privilege, not a right.
One requirement you must meet to enjoy this privilege is getting your vehicle registered. If you don’t and are stopped by a police officer and given a ticket, you will have far more significant problems with Uncle Sam beyond your annual registration fee. Fines, penalties, late fees, insurance premiums and the ticket itself are all costs you can expect if found guilty of driving without registration. It is important that you beat this ticket or at least mitigate the results. The Traffic Ticket Lawyers with The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are here to help you achieve the best results possible.
What Happens If I Don’t Register My Car?
If you never register your car then you won’t have a license plate for the vehicle issued by the state. This means you will likely be pulled over for not having tags, and end up with significant penalties for sure. Additionally, if your car is stolen, there’s no way for the police to identify the vehicle as yours.
The vast majority of people who don’t register their vehicles are those who don’t pay the annual registration fee. This fee is relatively low and should be paid. However, most people that don’t pay are trying to avoid the entire system and are not paying for insurance either, which is far more costly than registration itself.
Driving without valid vehicle registration is an issue as well. This would be the case if you allowed the registration to lapse by not paying and filing your annual paperwork in a timely manner. This would also be the case if the vehicle is misregistered in some fashion. You will face similar problems for driving without valid vehicle registration as you will for driving without registration.
So, remember to get your vehicle registered. The small annual registration fee is nothing compared to:
- Fines and penalties
- Points on license
- Suspension of License
- Citation fee for the ticket, as well as court costs
- Insurance premium increase or inability to obtain insurance
All of these may result from being caught driving without registration.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
As a driver, there are certain documents that you must carry with you every time you take your vehicle out on the road. In the event that you are pulled over by a police officer, they will typically ask for: Proof of liability insurance, a valid driver’s license and valid vehicle registration. Failure to keep these documents in your car at all times can potentially lead to traffic citations and hefty fines. This falls specifically true if you are driving without valid registration for your vehicle.
If you are to have any hope of getting behind the wheel again legally without paying potentially burdensome costs, you ought to retain an attorney. Legal counsel can attempt to plea the offense down on your behalf. And if there is any legal defense to the ticket, you can be confident that counsel will fight on your behalf to your benefit. The traffic attorneys with The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will fight for you. Call today to schedule an entirely Free Consultation to discuss your legal needs with one of our Traffic Ticket Lawyers.
This content was written on behalf of an experienced Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer Greg Prosmushkin.