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    I was looking to gather some info about a traffic citation I received.
    I wanted to know if this was worth fighting as Kendall County has some
    wierd traffic laws. I was on my way to the doctor's office and drove
    through Kendall COunty for I would guess less than a mile. My doctor's
    office is in Will county and I live in Will as well; the way the road
    runs it goes through Kendall briefly. The police officer was Kendall
    County Sheriff. He followed me into Will County and did not turn on
    his lights until after we had passed the county line. He pulled me
    over and gave me a citation for Expired Plates (I rarely use that care
    and didn't realize they were expired).

    I was wondering if he is allowed to ticket me outside of the county
    like that. He did not make his presence known until we were out of the
    county, so I did not make him follow me outside the county line.
    Kendall wants $75 for the fine, but then are asking $120 to keep from
    reporting it to the state and I would have to go to traffic school,
    which seems excessive for something that was an oversight and not a
    result of dangerous driving. Has anyone else taken an expired
    registration to court? What is the best course of action?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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    Illinois Traffic Citation in Kendall County

    yitbos96bb wrote:
    I was looking to gather some info about a traffic citation I received. I wanted to know if this was worth fighting as Kendall County has some wierd traffic laws. I was on my way to the doctor's office and drove through Kendall COunty for I would guess less than a mile. My doctor's office is in Will county and I live in Will as well; the way the road runs it goes through Kendall briefly. The police officer was Kendall County Sheriff. He followed me into Will County and did not turn on his lights until after we had passed the county line. He pulled me over and gave me a citation for Expired Plates (I rarely use that care and didn't realize they were expired). I was wondering if he is allowed to ticket me outside of the county like that.
    There are two questions here -- whether the officer has the right
    to ticket you (which would be clearly "yes", in California), and
    which county has jurisdiction over the crime (which would be
    "Will County", in California). Illinois law may vary.

    On the other hand, "expired plates" is below the level of
    "infraction", in Calfifornia, so there's no "traffic school"
    question. I suspect it's the same in Illinois, as this
    means that they cannot collect the fee until prosecution,
    while, in California, they can put a lien against the car.

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