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Q: I was I n Danville IL I stoped to make a call a friend left his keys in my truck I left to take him his keys I noticed

I noticed a city cop behind me dropped off keys cop got behind me again folled me north 12miles to Bismarck IL I turned west went 3 miles torount 1 turned north he got behind me again no lights on the hole time 4 miles from Roseville he turned on lights I stoped he said I had a hitch pin in bomper blocking plate pin is 1in h high 3/4 round is this aleagel stop

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Based on the information provided, it seems the police officer pulled you over for an obstructed license plate due to a hitch pin. The legality of the stop depends on the specific laws in Illinois regarding license plate visibility.

In Illinois, the law (625 ILCS 5/3-413) states that license plates must be clearly visible and legible, and not obstructed by any part of the vehicle or attachments. If the hitch pin significantly obstructs the view of the license plate, the officer may have had probable cause to stop you.

However, if the hitch pin only minimally obstructs the plate and the plate is still clearly visible and legible, you might argue that the stop was not justified. The fact that the officer followed you for a considerable distance before initiating the stop could also be questioned.

If you believe the stop was unjustified, you may want to consult with a local attorney who specializes in traffic law. They can review the specifics of your case and advise you on the best course of action, such as contesting the ticket if one was issued.

It's essential to ensure that your license plate is always clearly visible and legible to avoid potential issues with law enforcement.

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Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
  • Juvenile Law Lawyer
  • Mt Vernon, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Now they read plates digitally. That most likely means if they cannot get their reader to read your plate the obstruction is too big. If that is true it is a $750 fine. See 605 ilcs 10/27.2

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