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    Default Fake Inspection Sticker

    My question involves vehicle maintenance laws for the State of: NJ

    Okay I got pulled over the other for speeding which I KNOW I was with out realizing it, but the cop started to peel off my inspection sticker and claimed it was fake. Now I had no idea it was fake and I had my windshield replaced last winter and the guy moved over my sticker and it was all bubbly and what not from being transferred. How does he know it was fake, if it was? He also wrote the ticket in my name, but the car is register to my mother, who is responsible for getting it inspected. My heater core was replaced a little over a year ago and the mechanic said he could inspect the car and stuff for us since we were approaching the expiration date and he had a NJ Inspection Center sign in his shop so we allowed him. I honestly can not afford the penalties and or the jail or anything and the mechanic is no longer in business. PLEASE help me I just graduated college and am so poor right now

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    Default Re: Fake Inspection Sticker

    I expect that the citation was made out to you, meaning that you're charged, and that the charges are under the following statute. We can only work with what you tell us.
    Quote Quoting NJSA Sec. 39:8-9. Enforcement; violations, penalties
    a. The enforcement of this chapter shall be vested in the director and the police or peace officers of any municipality, any county or the State.

    b. An owner or lessee who:

    (1) Fails or refuses to have a motor vehicle examined within the time period prescribed by the director; or

    (2) After having had it examined, fails or refuses to place or display a certificate of approval, rejection sticker or waiver certificate upon the windshield or other location on the vehicle as may be prescribed by the director; or

    (3) Fails or refuses to place the motor vehicle in proper condition after having had the same examined; or

    (4) In any manner, fails to conform to the provisions of this chapter or the regulations adopted by the director pursuant thereto, shall be guilty of violating the provisions of this chapter, and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 or more than $200 or to imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.
    c. A person who fraudulently obtains a certificate of approval, rejection sticker or waiver certificate, or displays or has in his possession a fictitious, altered, or stolen certificate of approval, rejection sticker or waiver certificate shall be subject to a fine of $500 for each such certificate or sticker.

    d. The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced and all penalties for the violation thereof shall be recovered in accordance with the provisions of "the penalty enforcement law" (N.J.S.2A:58-1 et seq.), and in addition to the provisions and remedies therein contained, the following provisions and remedies shall be applicable in any proceeding brought for a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter:

    (1) The several municipal courts shall have jurisdiction of such proceeding, in addition to the courts prescribed in "the penalty enforcement law";

    (2) The complaint in any such proceeding may be made on information and belief by the director, or any police or peace officer of any municipality, any county or the State;

    (3) A warrant may issue in lieu of summons;

    (4) Any police or peace officer shall be empowered to serve and execute process in any such proceeding;

    (5) The hearing in any such proceeding shall be without a jury;

    (6) Any such proceeding may be brought in the name of the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Law and Public Safety or in the name of the State of New Jersey;

    (7) Any sums received in payment of any fines imposed in any such proceeding shall be paid to the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles and shall be paid by him to the State Treasurer, who shall deposit one-half of such sums in the "Motor Vehicle Inspection Fund" established pursuant to subsection j. of R.S.39:8-2, and who shall pay the remaining one-half of such sums to the county or municipality initiating the complaint or summons or, if initiated by State law enforcement personnel, to the State Treasury;

    (8) The director or judge before whom any hearing under this chapter is had may revoke the registration certificate of any motor vehicle owned or leased by any person, when such person shall have been found to be in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter as shall in the discretion of the director or judge justify such revocation.
    e. The director may order the suspension of the registration or reciprocity privilege of any motor vehicle found to be in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter. If the owner or lessee fails to surrender the license plates for that vehicle to the division within 45 days of the mailing of an order requiring their surrender, the director may order the confiscation of the license plates of the vehicle that is in violation. An order of license plate confiscation issued by the director shall include an order imposing a civil penalty of $200 on the owner or lessee of the vehicle. This civil penalty shall be paid to the State Treasurer, who shall deposit one-half of the amount in the "Motor Vehicle Inspection Fund" established pursuant to subsection j. of R.S.39:8-2 and pay the remaining one-half to any municipality or county whose law enforcement, police or peace officers confiscated the plates in accordance with the order of the director, or if the plates were confiscated by State law enforcement personnel, to the State Treasury. A civil penalty imposed pursuant to this subsection shall be in addition to any other penalty provided by this chapter.
    If you have receipts documenting the inspection and proof of payment showing that you obtained the sticker from a mechanic who was duly authorized to inspect your vehicle, you or your lawyer can document your payment to the prosecutor to see if they'll dismiss the charge. You can try to get a copy of the police report to learn how the police officer identified the sticker as a forgery. If you go to trial the prosecutor will have to prove that the sticker was false.

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    Default Re: Fake Inspection Sticker

    "Mechanics" don't do inspections in NJ. He probably went to a state facility (though there are some private inspection authorities). If he can find his receipt for that (or get proof that it happened) and had documentation on the window replacement that could explain why it appeared fraudulent but wasn't, he should be in good shape.

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    Quote Quoting flyingron
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    He probably went to a state facility (though there are some private inspection authorities).
    He told us,
    Quote Quoting dcc61088
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    My heater core was replaced a little over a year ago and the mechanic said he could inspect the car and stuff for us since we were approaching the expiration date and he had a NJ Inspection Center sign in his shop so we allowed him.

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