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Peru considers handling ordinance violation tickets in-house

Posted by wlpo on February 8, 2012

Getting arrested for DUI or driving with an expired license could leave you paying to get your car out of the impound.  The Peru Police Department charges impound fees and because of a change in state law they’ll need to begin offering you the chance to argue the fee with a hearing officer before you go before a judge.

That has Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei thinking the city should pass an ordinance allowing the hearing officer to also handle tickets for city ordinance violations.  Bernabei explained it to the city council Wednesday night.  He says since they would have to pay a lawyer to be the hearing officer, they may as well have them hearing ordinance violations so they don’t have to pay the city attorney to appear in La Salle County Circuit Court.  It would also allow whatever they collect from the fines to stay in Peru and not be split with the Circuit Clerk.

Bernabei thinks it would cost $500 a month to have a hearing officer.  The aldermen have a couple of weeks to think about it before they take action.

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