Who says you can't put a layer of tape on your plate to protect it from the elements? I beleive the law says that nothing can be on the plate that obstructs the view of the numbering. The tape doesn't.
Besides if the govt is going to use tactics such as this, they should not be surprised when people try to protect themselves from it.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I have never seen someone who represented themselves get a harsher sentence than someone who payed an attorney $7,000 just to have the attorney tell the judge they are guilty.
Thinking that an attorney will make your sentence lighter in all cases is just assinine.
Thinking its the state's responsibility how much a private attorney charges you for his/her representation is also asinine.
You try a bit of honesty please. Your (not you specifically) attempt to "get off" of a crime that you very well committed (and then failure to do so resulting in even more cost to you) is not the state's problem.