I was at a hotel and I noticed officers going through the parking lot running plates. I didnt think it was a problem but when I left they pulled in behind me and pulled me over. I had bought my car at an auction and was getting it registered to my new home that week. They said my plate didn't match my car, I explained my situation and they noticed the window sticker was fake. I didn't know it was and it came with the vehicle. They arrested me. When I was in the vehicle I asked them why they pulled me over. They paused then the one cop said because I didn't have a front plate. I replied that's funny you never saw the front of my car until you pulled me over and searched the vehicle. I was arrested for the sticker than a few hours later while in jail the officer came to my cell and made me sign a ticket for no insurance (which I had insurance and gave him the policy number and company) my insurance company is closed at night so he couldn't verify. So it cost me $300 for the impound.
The police can run a license plate at any time. It is very common for them to run plates in hotel parking lots. If plate number doesn't matched the car it's registered to, this is probable cause for a traffic stop. Also for future reference, state law requires that you keep proof of current valid insurance in your possession any time you drive.
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