Evan Sommer

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In the case of McCord vs. State, the Nevada Supreme Court clarified the interpretation of NRS 482.275(4) regarding license plates.2 The court ruled that a license plate frame partially covering the plate does not constitute “foreign material” making the plate illegible. Furthermore, it established that such a circumstance does not provide probable cause for a traffic stop. This decision addressed the issue of what constitutes a violation of the license plate visibility law, directly impacting the legitimacy of the traffic stop done by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office on Mr. McCord and the subsequent evidence obtained, leading to the reversal of McCord’s conviction.