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  1. #1
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    Default Fictitious Plate Ticket

    My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: NJ

    I recently bought a used car but I could not get it registered right away due to the delay from the buyer in giving a good title. During this time, I drove the car and was given a ticket for fictitious plate which has mandatory court appearance.

    Should I hire an attorney for this ticket?

    Also what are the chances that the judge will consider since I could not get the registration done due to buyer not sending me good title?

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    Default Re: Fictitious Plate Ticket

    You knew you didn't have a valid plate. (What did you do - use a plate from a different vehicle?) So you've dug yourself a big hole. The excuse of, "I didn't have title yet" doesn't erase the offense of driving a car without proper registration.

    I personally would at least consult a criminal defense lawyer - first consultations are normally free.

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    Default Re: Fictitious Plate Ticket

    If the seller did not sign a title over to you; then legally..you did not buy the car. It doesn't matter how much money you gave them,....no title, the car is not yours.

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    Default Re: Fictitious Plate Ticket

    The plates were not from any other car but from the same car itself.

    Even though I still legally did not own the car, I was driving the car which had expired registration(the seller did not renew the registration in time before selling the car). Do the plates become "fictiticious" if the registration has expired?

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    Default Re: Fictitious Plate Ticket

    You were driving on the previous owner's plates??? When someone sells a car they are not supposed to let the buyer drive off with their plates. How this constitutes a "fictitous plate" though, I have no idea. It was their responsibility to take their plates off and return them to the DMV. If they were expired, it was your responsibility as the driver to realize that before getting behind the wheel.

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