I'm moving from New Orleans to a town right outside of D.C. and intend on purchasing a Bel STI before I move in a few months. I would like to know if radar detectors are similar to other electronic devices in that the price reduces after a period of time, for example DVD players and camera cell phones. Additionally, I'm considering buying a photo radar protector but would like to know if there is one manufactured that offers laser protection as well as the photo radar. Any suggestions or opinions anyone? Also, if caught with a detector in D.C. what is the penalty? Can they take it away from me or if they fine me what would you guess the fines run?