Minneapolis, MN asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota

Q: How long does it take to receive a citation in the mail in MN? Also, are citations forwarded by USPS?

I unknowingly swiped a a parked car. Another person called the police, so they are calling it a hit and run, even though I never left and wasn't given the opportunity to notice and exchange insurance info.

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Luke Neuville
Luke Neuville
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: It can be a few weeks or possibly a few months before you receive notification of charges in the mail. The complaint and court date will be mailed to the address on your license. If your mail is being properly forwarded to another address, you should receive it through USPS. You can also monitor the public MNCIS court system to see if any charges have been filed against you. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you likely have some legal defenses that you can raise in court.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: There is no set time frame when you might receive the citation. You can certainly monitor your name through the court system to ensure that you are aware when, or if, charges are filed. I would also recommend getting representation to assist you in this matter.

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

A: Charges, if filed, should be filed within three years. If you're lucky, maybe they never will be. Once mailed by the court, mail should arrive within a few days. If you moved, get a new driver's license with your new address; and have the post office forward your mail to the new address. If you were involved in a car accident, you may be required to file an accident report with the State - the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. You may wish to consult a defense attorney prior to sending it in, for help with it.. Failure to do so when required could be a crime also. You may also wish to report a car accident to your insurance company to make sure they will cover you.

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