Medlin Law Firm July 2018

Window Display Some drivers are very much in love with the aesthetic of their vehicle. So much so they do not want to muddy up the appearance of their prized possession with a license plate on the front. Their way around this is to place their plate

Every state has its unique laws. For example, if you want to own a pig in Arizona, you’ll need to get a permit for it. On the opposite side of the coin, every state has the same federally enforced laws, like business regulations. Somewhere in the middle, there are laws that some states have and some don’t, like requiring a license plate on the front of your car. If you do not have a front license plate, you have basically given up your rights to be free from traffic stops without a valid legal reason. In other words, when you don’t have a front plate, the police have probable cause to pull you over at any time. This is an excuse they frequently use to pull people over at night, especially people leaving a restaurant or bar, and then ask if they have had anything to drink. We have represented many people charged with DWI whose arrests started with no reason to be pulled over other than no front license plate. In the great state of Texas and in 30 others, it’s illegal to drive without a license plate on the front of your car. Even though the law has been established for years, many residents still don’t know it’s a requirement for all vehicles. Some people may understand the law but try to find a loophole. Here are two examples. YES, YOU NEED A LICENSE PLATE ON THE FRONT OF YOUR CAR It’s a Texas Law

in the front window of the car. Well, according to Texas law, that is still illegal. The Court of Criminal Appeals in Spence v. State clearly defined the front of the vehicle as an exterior location at the very front of the vehicle, usually the bumper. Dynamic Plates You might think it sounds like something out of a Bond movie, but companies create license-plate holders that, with a touch of a button, will retract into the car and give your vehicle the appearance of having no plate at all. While this is a neat parlor trick that might help you in a car show, it is illegal to use when driving. Failure to present two plates is a misdemeanor and carries a fine up to $200. If you have been arrested for any crime that began with being stopped for no front license plate, or any other reason, contact us right away. Our team prides itself on passionate representation of the law, and we are here to serve you.


Brain Buster


4 boneless pork chops

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons raw honey

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions | Pg. 3

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