I recently received a ticket for window tint that was too dark. However, I purchased the car this way and in another state where the tint was legal. I also received a warning for no front license plate (which is also legal in the state I was recently residing in). I only recently (within the last year) moved up here to finish my degree and will only be here temporarily. Frankly, paying not only the fine of $130, having the tint removed, and to have a front license plate installed (I have to have it drilled/tapped and then parts installed because the car came stock without a front license plate) seems a bit over the top. The cost of removing the tint and installing the plate alone will roughly equal the fine of the ticket.
If you don't do those things, you will continue to get tickets (regardless of whether you think it is "over the top" or not). As a traveler between states, it is your obligation to learn what laws may or may not be different as you cross that line.
In Iowa, though, sometimes judges will dismiss a tint ticket with costs to you, the defendant, if you remove it before the court date. I recommend you bring the removed tint in with you.
The comments listed here are of a general nature and are not offered to create a formal attorney-client relationship -- that is, I am not, and I cannot give you legal advice here. I am Iowa licensed and, to become your attorney, I need to understand the particular facts and circumstances of your legal question and most likely meet you face to face.
Your experience is not unusual, but you are doing the right thing in removing the tint and installing a front plate. Either of those would be grounds to continue to stop your vehicle.
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