A motorist who was prosecuted for having a Scooby-Doo logo on his number plate has been fined £175 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Thomas Edwards, 22, was also ordered to pay £50 in costs after being convicted of failing to comply with the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act.
A spokesman for Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court confirmed that Edwards, of Princes Gardens, Codsall, was convicted of the offence in his absence on Monday.
The charge against him stated that his Subaru Impreza had failed to conform to regulations "in that the registration mark front and rear had a Scooby-Doo cartoon character logo to the left of the lettering" while parked in Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton, last September.
Edwards told the Wolverhampton Express and Star that he regarded his prosecution as totally unfair.
He told the newspaper: "I am very annoyed at the way I have been treated.
"I only owned the car for a few months. The Scooby logo was three inches by two inches - it was on when I bought it and the signs did not obscure the registration number."
A spokesman for West Midlands Police disputed that the image of the dog had been confined to the left of the letters and numbers on the registration plate.
The logo had been deemed to breach the law, the spokesman added, resulting in court action after Edwards failed to provide proof that the offending plates had been changed.