2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
April 18, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Stone, Pettis, Ladwig, Van Roy,
Turner, Hahn, Hines, Olsen, Hundertmark, Albers, Bies, McCormick,
Vrakas, Ott, Townsend and Jeskewitz, cosponsored by Senator Roessler.
Referred to Committee on Transportation.
1An Act to create
341.607 of the statutes; relating to: displaying, possessing,
2selling, or offering to sell a stolen registration plate and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, no person may display on a motor vehicle a registration
plate, insert tag, decal, or other evidence of registration not issued for that motor
vehicle. Any person who does so may be required to forfeit not more than $500. Also
under current law, subject to one exception, no person may transfer to another person
or offer for sale a registration plate issued by the Department of Transportation. Any
person who does so is guilty of a Class H felony and may be fined not more than
$10,000 or imprisoned for not more than six years or both.
This bill creates specific prohibitions against displaying a stolen registration
plate on a motor vehicle or possessing, selling, or offering to sell a stolen registration
plate. Under the bill, violators may be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned
for not more than nine months or both.
The bill provides that a person charged with displaying a stolen registration
plate or possessing, selling, or offering to sell a stolen registration plate may raise
the affirmative defense that he or she did not know and could not, by reasonable
effort, have known that the registration plate was stolen. Any person who raises this
affirmative defense must prove it by clear, satisfactory, and convincing evidence.
Because this bill creates a new crime or revises a penalty for an existing crime,
the Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties may be requested to prepare a
report concerning the proposed penalty and the costs or savings that are likely to
result if the bill is enacted.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB280, s. 1
341.607 of the statutes is created to read:
2341.607 Display, possession, or sale of a stolen registration plate. (1)
Notwithstanding s. 341.605, any person who displays a stolen registration plate on 4
a motor vehicle or possesses, sells, or offers for sale a stolen registration plate may 5
be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than 9 months or both. 6
Each violation of this subsection constitutes a separate offense.
It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution for a violation of sub. (1) if the 8
defendant did not know, and in the exercise of reasonable care, could not have known, 9
that the registration plate was stolen. A defendant who raises this affirmative 10
defense has the burden of proving this defense by clear, satisfactory, and convincing 11