If my friend got pulled over and got 4 tickets in my car but the license plate is under my dads name and mine since he is my co signer.
Will this effect my dad in any way ?
Virtually all police cars are equipped with laptop computers. While on patrol, it is common practice for officers to input the license plate numbers of vehicles; if a warrant is outstanding for a person who was driving the car in question, it will appear on the computer as a "regional hit". This gives the officer reason to stop the car and detain the driver to see if he/she is the person with the outstanding warrant. You father will not be arrested if the warrants are not in his name, but he is subject to repeated stops by the police until the warrants are cleared. Have your friend contact a local attorney to clear the warrants.
Yes, it will affect your father in any way. If a person gets into an accident without insurance, the owners and the driver are usually responsible. You did not say what the tickets were for, but it is best not to loan your car to someone who has no insurance on it or someone who repeatedly gets tickets.
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As long as your friend takes care of the tickets and doesn't get warrants, it shouldn't affect your dad. Only offenses like toll violations and parking tickets follow the registered owner of the car. Other traffic offenses are charged to the driver.
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