Attaching a Tag Not Assigned in Florida 

When it comes to criminal traffic offenses in Florida, the law about attaching a tag or  plate not assigned is pretty straightforward. According to Florida Statute 320.261, “Any  person who knowingly attaches to any motor vehicle or mobile home any registration license  plate, or who knowingly attaches any validation sticker or mobile home sticker to a  registration license plate, which plate or sticker was not issued and assigned or lawfully  transferred to such vehicle, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree …” 

A conviction is punishable by up to 60 days in jail or six months in jail, probation, and a $500  fine. And, since it is a criminal offense, not just a traffic citation, you could wind up with a  permanent criminal record. Facing criminal charges of any kind is a serious situation and it’s  always best to consult a criminal defense attorney. If you’ve been arrested or charged with a  crime in Central Florida, contact the Orlando criminal defense lawyers at the Rivas Law Firm.  Call (407) 349-4211 for a free consultation. 

Can you Drive Without a Tag in Florida? 

According to Florida Statute 320.02, every motor vehicle driven on Florida roads must be  properly registered. The vehicle must display a license plate (tag) with a validation decal – the little sticker you affix to the plate to show that your registration is current. 

And the state defines a “motor vehicle” pretty much as anything with wheels being driven on  Florida roadways:  

(a) An automobile, motorcycle, truck, trailer, semitrailer, truck tractor and semitrailer  combination, or any other vehicle operated on the roads of this state, used to transport  persons or property, and propelled by power other than muscular power, but the term  does not include traction engines, road rollers, such vehicles as run only upon a track,  bicycles, or mopeds. (b) A recreational vehicle-type unit primarily designed as  temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel use, which either has its  own motive power or is mounted on or drawn by another vehicle. 

The state assigns a registration and tag to a single specific vehicle. It is against the law to  transfer assigned tags from one car to another. Police cite drivers for switching tags most  often when a person gets a new car and uses the plates for the old vehicle on the new one  until they get to the DMV. But the charge is also commonly added to a list of other crimes  when a driver gets pulled over for drug charges or a DUI. 

An Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney can Help 

Many people think that since Attaching a Tag Not Assigned is a traffic offense, they are better  off pleading guilty and just paying a fine. But if you do that, you have will wind up with a  criminal record, which can make life very difficult. There are strong defenses to criminal  traffic charges in Florida. An aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer will work to  ensure the best possible outcome in your case. Call (407) 349-4211 for a free consultation  with the Orlando criminal defense attorneys at the Rivas Law Firm.