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Old 03-01-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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I had a HORRIBLE morning today. I got pulled over for having out of state (and expired) plates on my car. My license is also still from out of state. I've been here for about a year.

The cop decided to impound my car instead of just writing me a fix-it ticket and it cost me close to $800 and a morning of cabs and missing work just to get my car back.

Now that I'm done venting here is my question...
The officer told me that since I still haven't changed my license over to California, I'm an unlicensed driver. He also told me that he could arrest me and I'm up for $5000 in fines if that happens.

Now is that the truth, or was he just being a $%$ when he said he was "doing me a favor" for not arresting me?
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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You're doing it wrong. If you had NO license, they'd have just sent you on your way. Can't discriminate against the illegals in LA now.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:03 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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I had a HORRIBLE morning today. I got pulled over for having out of state (and expired) plates on my car. My license is also still from out of state. I've been here for about a year.

The cop decided to impound my car instead of just writing me a fix-it ticket and it cost me close to $800 and a morning of cabs and missing work just to get my car back.

Now that I'm done venting here is my question...
The officer told me that since I still haven't changed my license over to California, I'm an unlicensed driver. He also told me that he could arrest me and I'm up for $5000 in fines if that happens.

Now is that the truth, or was he just being a $%$ when he said he was "doing me a favor" for not arresting me?
-is your DL from your original state valid?
-what CVC's were you cited for?
-why would he cut you loose with a car that is not legally allowed to be operated on the road?
-since he didn't arrest your / fine you $5000, what does it matter?
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:04 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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You're doing it wrong. If you had NO license, they'd have just sent you on your way. Can't discriminate against the illegals in LA now.
would rep you, but can't.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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This seems fishy, I have a current Minnesota license, but I have California plates. I got pulled over and the cop didn't really care, he gave me a warning for speeding. The cop cannot prove on the spot how long you have been in California, the only way he/she can nail you is if the license is expired.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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State is broke, cops are unpredictable but generally more aggressive than before. DMV no longer forgives expired registration and penalizes dearly those who missed doing but cops typically do not care about out of state plates (as long as they are still valid). I think you hit a *****-hole of a cop who probably hadn't gotten any in a long while.

Even then, you were asking for it by driving a vehicle with an out of state plates that had expired tags. I don't know if it was normal or proper for him to get your car towed but like I said, they are a lot less forgiving than before!
Did he at least give you a hug or a kiss afterward?

Welcome to CA!
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Originally Posted by CrossCountryMovers View Post
I had a HORRIBLE morning today. I got pulled over for having out of state (and expired) plates on my car. My license is also still from out of state. I've been here for about a year.

The cop decided to impound my car instead of just writing me a fix-it ticket and it cost me close to $800 and a morning of cabs and missing work just to get my car back.

Now that I'm done venting here is my question...
The officer told me that since I still haven't changed my license over to California, I'm an unlicensed driver. He also told me that he could arrest me and I'm up for $5000 in fines if that happens.

Now is that the truth, or was he just being a $%$ when he said he was "doing me a favor" for not arresting me?
Thank you, thank you.

Posts like this please me to no end. Our system is working to get dead beats off the road.

Nope, you are the $%$
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:27 AM
 
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are you telling us the whole story? Your plates are expired, I'm betting your license is expired too. A whole year in CA and you never got around to taking care of that? Come on man
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:35 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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are you telling us the whole story? Your plates are expired, I'm betting your license is expired too. A whole year in CA and you never got around to taking care of that? Come on man
Exactly this ^^^

One year and the OP didnt take care of this? Wow. Im thinking the OP looked into the cost of transferring all the stuff and tried to cheap his/her way out of it by hoping he/she would never get caught. OR, wanted to see if "this LA dream of mine will work, then I'll either have the money to transfer the license, or I'll just go back home to Ohio".
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Are you still insured with an out of state license and expired plates?
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