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My son got stopped after someone called him in for doing a burnout in a school parking lot. He was no longer at the school when the officer arrived, he was a couple blocks away, but the officer stopped him because the car matched the description. When the officer approached the car and asked if he was at the school he said yes, and admitted to doing the burnout. He was issued a $136 ticket for careless operation of motor vehicles. I am wondering if we should go to traffic court to fight it. I know it will be a great experience for him. Also, the car is new to us, so we have a temporary tag on it but the ticket shows a different tag number.
Asked on May 7, 2018 under General Practice, Wisconsin
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
Yes, careless operation of a motor vehicle is a moving violation: a "moving violation" is simply a violation of the traffic/safety laws done while a vehicle is being operated (to distinguish it from a parking violation).
A difference in the tag number will typically be regarded as a harmless error (basically, a "typo") which will not help you defend the case. The court will simply amend (revise) the ticket to the correct number.
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