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Asked on: 6/19/13, 10:15 am

I was recently pulled over in Bordentown, NJ. The officer came to the window and told me I was pulled because when he ran my plates, the plates weren't the current ones I should have on my car. This is because I had got a new registration, and lacked the tools to change the plates right away, and I had forgot to do it at a later time. The current plates were in my back seat, which I showed the officer and he seemed to be approving of the situation. He asked for my license/registration/insurance which I provided. He left, went to his vehicle, and came back. He told me he had to go to a call, that my inspection was also expired (the car sat for a while when I was away at school) and that my license plate couldn't be on the dashboard displayed through the windshield (I bought my car second-hand and there was no mount for the front license plate, I was told by the DMV that putting in there would be adequate). He told me to drive safe and then he left. A week later I get three tickets in the mail (out of inspection and two improper license plate placement). Do I have a case to somehow do away with these as the officer implied I would not get a ticket? I fixed these issues as soon as I could after the incident as the officer instructed. I have a pristine driving record and this is my first time being pulled over at all. Also, why did I receive two improper license plate tickets? Any help from a "law guru" would be appreciated, thanks!

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