Minot, ND asked in Traffic Tickets for North Dakota

Q: An officer cited my age (24) three times when issuing ticket, said it is why I got a "higher" offense". Is this legal?

He said my entire age group is "reckless", stated that he "could have knocked it down but because of" my age he decided not to, and then tried to tell me a story about "a girl your age" who recently died in a crash. I have a perfect driving record, with zero tickets, or warnings of any sort.

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Lucas Wynne

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fargo, ND
  • Licensed in North Dakota

A: The simple fix is to hire an attorney. My usual approach is to assess the situation to determine if a client has a high probability of successfully contesting the ticket or cutting a deal. Generally, contesting a traffic ticket is not a high dollar case and the cost of doing so is well worth the investment due to the realities of insurance premiums increasing after a ticket. As to your question, the officer is not under any obligation to reduce your ticket. Because of this, the fact that the officer stated that he decided not to reduce your ticket is not going to be a reason to dismiss the case.

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