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Unregistered vehicle, posession of ammunition, minor transportation of alcohol

I'm being charged with driving an unregistered vehicle, posession of ammunition, and minor transportation of alcohol. My car couldn't be registered because a vehichle with a similar plate to mine had an outstanding ticket, and by the date which I pulled over I had not been able to figure out what was going on yet. The "ammunition" was mase I purchased after I was jumped last year. Bought in NH, where it's legal, I wasn't aware that I needed an FID card. The mase was never opened or used. The officer found an unopened beer in my trunk which I didn't even know was there. Must have left it months ago. Any idea how this might play out in court?

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Submitted Tue, 12/15/2009 - 11:53

It is very difficult to say how it will play out in court without looking at the police report and what, if any, record you have. Unfortunately your explanations for the three offenses are not likely to help in your defense, but there are other defenses that you may be able to use to ensure a favorable result. For example, the prosecution will have to prove the mace you possessed was actually mace. Typically they would introduce a certificate showing that the device was tested, because of a recent Supreme Court decision they will have to bring in the actual scientist who tested the device. That may be unlikely given the facts of the case. Feel free to call me to discuss your case further.

Attorney Kevin Gaughen Jr.

Thank you for your help. All charges have been dropped.

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