Can a police officer legally remove and take the license plates off a parked vehicle for misuse of plates?

Asked about 2 years ago - Anchorage, AK

My boyfriend was using the plates from my chevy caprice to take pictures of his chevy blazer with the intentions of selling it on craigslist, he accidently left the plates on the vehicle while it was parked outside my apartment. When we woke up the next day my license plates were gone and a ticket for misuse of plates was on his truck. Is this legal even if we were not driving the vehicle, nor does the police department have any proof that it was ever driven this way. Can i get my liscense plates back without paying a fee?

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  1. KeriAnn Brady


    Contributor Level 5


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . It's most likely that the police seized your plates as evidence of the crime your boyfriend is charged with. If that's the case, you will have to wait until about 30 days after his case is over to get your plates back from the police department. There isn't any way to make them turn over their evidence from a pending case.

    You can request a new set of plates from the DMV if you need plates now. That may involve a fee.

  2. Jon Michael Zimmerman

    Contributor Level 14


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . This is not about driving the vehicle, it is about improper display. Talk with an Anchorage attorney about what kind of fees you're looking at and where to get your plates.

    This answer is given merely for informational purposes and does not create an attorney-client relationship. For... more

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