I suggest you put the plates (both of them) on your car and go to the nearest police station or sheriff's office and have the ticket signed off as fixed. Then at court the judge will likely only charge you the correction fee, or $25 per charge. I understand you were afraid to put them on your car but I don't think that would sway the judge to let you go. I think keeping your plates off your car doesn't do anything to deter a gang member from recognizing you in that car. They would simply remember you as the person with no plates on your car.
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