"Can an officer randomly run your tags and pull you over for a traffic stop with no probable cause?: I was pulled over by police and was told "I pulled you over because you are driving with no auto insurance" which was not true. I showed him my proof of insurance and registration. he than came back to the car and said "there might have been a Laps months back" however he still gave me 2 citations one ..Must Appear in Court and the other a $290 fine for" Knowingly driving with no insurance".
I contacted my insurance co and no Laps in coverage , I then contacted MVA and no flags. I contacted the police department to report him and their response was to just appear in court. NOw this is in public records destroying my character for something i did not do. I am still trying to figure out why this officer would do something like this. I am 47 and never been in any kind of trouble. HELP"
Stacey’s answer: Though this sounds like it was very frustrating for you, if you have truly been covered by insurance and can prove it, don't plead guilty or no contest and pay the fines with the ticket. Instead, bring your proof of continuous coverage with you to court to show the Judge. I cannot say for Maryland specifically, but here in Kansas just receiving a ticket doesn't earn you points or damage your driving record. You have to be found guilty of the violation. An attorney may be a smart move.
If you have hired an attorney for a traffic ticket before, you may have been told that your ticket was "amended", or changed to a lessor or different charge. This is a common way to keep a traffic ticket off of your driving record. Depending on the State, your Speeding charge could be "amended" or changed to Illegal Parking or No Registration or Defective Equipment, with the idea being that the new charge is not a moving violation and will not be reported on your record. Though the charge may be less severe, the cost is usually not. You can typically expect to pay double or even triple the original fine - plus an attorney fee. Every court has their own policy for traffic tickets.