Its irrelevant. The state is broke and fees go up. A front plate tow hook adapter costs less but you didn't get one so now pay the fine and quit whining. Then either run a plate or don't and be prepared to pay it again.
The incremental cost between your prior and now is one night of drinking...get over it.
Let's not ignore that the severity of the fine got your attention enough to complain and possibly comply going forward, didn't it? Mission accomplished I believe.
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