Bucks County Driving without Registration Lawyer
For some, registering a car can be a hassle. The stress and frustration of dealing with PennDOT alone can shave years off your life. The madness of getting a different person on the phone each time you call coupled with the lack of communication within PennDOT can deter many drivers from registering their vehicle. In addition, there are so many fees already involved, between insurance, car payments, taxes, tags, etc., that it feels like these fees never end. 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. Remember, driving is a privilege, not a right.
And 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, fines, penalties, late fees, increased insurance premiums, and the ticket itself are all costs you can expect if found guilty of Driving without Registration. That’s why it is important that you beat this ticket, or at least mitigate the results. An experienced attorney can fight for your rights.
What Happens if I Don't Register My Car?
In Pennsylvania, drivers are required to place a registration sticker on their license plate. Local law enforcement knows this, and look for cars that don’t have their stickers. If they see you driving without a registration, or with an expired registration, they will pull you over. Let’s say, hypothetically, that you also have certain unpaid tickets that you didn’t know about. Once the officer stops you for registration, they will run your driver’s license, and it will reveal that you have a suspension or a warrant from your unpaid tickets. In this scenario, forgetting or neglecting to register your car can lead to additional tickets, and possibly an arrest.
Additionally, without registration, if your car is stolen, there's no way for the police to identify the vehicle as yours.
This is why it is recommended you pay the fee for registration and keep your vehicle registered. The small annual registration fee is nothing compared to:
- Citation fee for the ticket, as well as court costs
- Fines and penalties
- Points on license
- Suspension of License
- Insurance premium increase or inability to obtain insurance
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our experienced Bucks County attorneys have handled all types of registration issues from Jamison to Oxford Valley and everywhere in between, at both the Magisterial District Court level and the Common Pleas level. While this may be a new experience for you, rest assured in knowing that we have successfully handled and routinely see situations just like yours. With offices in Southampton, we are ready to help this community stay on the road.
When faced with a registration issue, hiring an intelligent and experienced defense attorney is a good first step in protecting your rights and your license.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.