Luverne, MN asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota

Q: issued a citation for speeding shortly after crossing a state border and entering Minnesota where speed limits vary.

Our speed limits change from 55, 60 or 65. If the location listed on the citation isn’t accurate how can he defend himself in court to prove otherwise? Would this be grounds to void the citation?

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Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Not listing the location is not necessarily fatal to a citation so long as it indicates where - as in town/township and county where the offense occurred. Along with the citation there will be police reports and likely squad video as well which are more specific about the location where the offense occurred.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Yes. Minnesota Statutes require posted signs for speed limits on a highway before a person can be held responsible for them. The location listed on the citation may or may not be accurate, and that might help the defense depending upon other factors, at trial. However, an inaccurate location on the citation would not likely be grounds a judge would accept to dismiss a traffic charge, in most situations.

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