Woman's stolen license plate results in hefty fine - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Woman's stolen license plate results in hefty fine

Jennifer Mario was trying to fight a fine for a violation she did not commit. Jennifer Mario was trying to fight a fine for a violation she did not commit.

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman says she is stuck with a hefty fine after her stolen license plate was spotted in a handicapped parking space. Jennifer Mario was trying to fight a fine for a violation she did not commit, but following the wrong procedure for her stolen license plate is likely going to cost her.

Marion was about to take her car in for inspection, when she noticed something missing.

"I get out of my truck and looked behind my truck … no tag," she said.

Instead of calling police to report her stolen tag, Marion went to the DMV, where she was told she could purchase a new tag for $24. She thought she was in the clear, until she got a ticket in the mail for a $100 fine for handicapped parking.

Marion has documents that show the illegal parker was not her or her vehicle. She hoped that bringing proof to the traffic division would excuse her from the cost of a violation she did not commit. But because her tag was not listed as stolen at the time the ticket was issued she was held responsible for the fine.

"I feel like I'm being victimized twice," said Marion.

Here is what to do if your tag is stolen:

  • Immediately report the license plate theft to the local police department Obtain a police report
  • Obtain a temporary tag or a new plate from the state as soon as possible

Remember, anyone who takes your plate and either steals a car or is involved with other criminal activity puts you and your family at risk. At the very least you, could get stuck paying the price

There are ways to prevent tag theft. Consider purchasing a lockable license plate frame, which is an inexpensive investment that can save you a costly headache in the long run.

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