I received a ticket for an uninspected vehicle last week. I had gotten it inspected in October at a sketchy place (can't remember the name of it) and was told by the cop that they gave me a fake inspection sticker. I plead not guilty to having an uninspected vehicle (I'm not sure if I was charged with having a fake sticker as well), brought my car to get reinspected the next day but there was a gas leak that would cost a pretty penny to repair. I already have a car lined up to buy in a month, so I didn't want to pay for a large repair for a car I would only be using for another month. Because I don't have the new inspection sticker should I not go to court and just pay the fine? Also, if I go to court, should I tell them that the inspection sticker was apparently fake or will I be facing a higher charge for having a fake sticker?
If you just got an uninspected ticket then pay the fine and avoid court if possible. Certainly avoid driving the car and certainly avoid going to to court and announcing that it is a forged inspection sticker.
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I suggest you have a criminal defense lawyer review the ticket or tickets. He or she will then be in a position to advise you on how to best proceed.
If you do not intend to have the car fixed and inspected then you should remove the car from the road.
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If you had no idea you were issued a fake inspection sticker when you paid for an inspection, then I don't recommend that you plead guilty to the uninspected motor vehicle ticket. It is possible that you, or an attorney that you would have to hire, could negotiate a more favorable result in your case. If you'd prefer to avoid court altogether, then you could plead guilty to the ticket which carries up to a $193 fine and surcharge. There are no points associated with the ticket.
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