Many people I have represented didn’t realize just how serious driving with an expired tags or registration can be. Although it is a misdemeanor, it still carries a fine of up to $2,500 and the potential of county jail time of 30 days to 6 months.
I am sure you would agree these penalties seem harsh for simply forgetting to renew the tags on your plates, but it’s real. Unfortunately, the law doesn’t forgive the absentminded person. Even worse, an expired tags violation will show up on your driving record. This can lead to unjust snap judgments about your character and personal life. Obviously, this can seriously affect anyone seeking a new job, applying for insurance or even seeking a loan.
The good news is if this is your first offense, with legal representation, it is quite likely to get an expired tags or registration case dismissed or reduced if you follow certain requirements. In any case, it is always a good idea to have a lawyer represent you to avoid a harsh sentence and higher fines for something as harmless as driving without proof of registration or an expired registration.