Attaching wrong plates is a crime in Massachusetts. Massachusetts General Law C 90 S 23 defines this.
There are three elements of this crime that the Commonwealth must prove against you beyond a reasonable doubt, namely:
- You attached the plate in question to a motor vehicle, or you permitted it to be attached;
- The plate in question was not assigned to that particular vehicle by the registry of motor vehicles
- That you did so with the intent to conceal that motor vehicle.
The penalty for a conviction is up to $100 in fines and/or up-to 10 days in jail, in addition to probation, license suspension, points on your driving record, and a criminal record.
Attaching wrong plates is a criminal misdemeanor traffic offense. As opposed, to a civil minor traffic violation.
Are there Defenses to Attaching Wrong Plates in Massachusetts?
One defense is to deny intent to conceal the motor vehicle. Another is that you did not know that plate attached was not the correct, assigned one.
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