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Given that the process of getting a car to pass a smog inspection can be quite costly, it has become quite popular to falsify these documents in order to save a great deal of money when one cannot afford a vehicle that passes a smog test. The state of California has imposed regulations and penalties for this sort of activity that are severe enough that one should think carefully whether falsifying these documents is potentially worth the consequences involved. The key to following these regulations is to understand what documents are not permitted to be falsified. The documents that are not able to be counterfeited are: vehicle registration stickers, vehicle registration certificates, vehicle smog test certificates, and vehicle license plates.
One is guilty of utilizing fraudulent versions of any and all of the forms of vehicle registration listed above when they alter, forge, and/or counterfeit any of these forms of documents. Additionally, it is not permitted to display versions of these documents the have been revoked, suspended, cancelled, blank or false registration materials with any sort of fraudulent intent whatsoever. The statute that governs these regulations is Vehicle Code 4463 VC within the state of California.
If one is found guilty of a misdemeanor fraudulent car registration, there is usually a county jail sentence with a maximum of one year and/or a fine of $1,000 maximum. If there is a felony vehicle registration fraud charge, then there is the potential for a jail sentence of sixteen months, two years or three years and/or a fine that could be up to $10,000. Due to the severity of the penalties for creating fraudulent documents in connection with your vehicle’s registration, it is wise to refrain from participating in this conduct to avoid the consequences.
If you have been charged with falsifying any documents in connection with your vehicle, it is best to retain counsel to assist you with carrying out your case. The reason for this is that there are several defenses that could assist you in reducing your sentence or dropping your charges completely. If you can demonstrate that you had no fraudulent intent or if you can prove that there is not sufficient evidence for the charges brought against you, you have the potential to drop your charges all together.
Our law firm specializes in assisting clients who have been charged with falsifying documents related to vehicle registration. It is highly recommended that you contact our offices and set up a consultation appointment. This way, you will be able to meet with one of our associates and you will be able to discuss the details to your case. At that time, our associate will be able to decide if your case has merit and whether the firm can take on your case at the present moment. Once you decide to retain our legal services, we will joyously assist you in coming up with viable legal arguments that will allow your case to have a very high chance of being successful. Thus, do not hesitate to reach out to us today. We would be elated to assist you in your upcoming legal matter.