Q: I got a speeding ticket in Hennipen Co., MN, for 88 in a 55 mph zone. What are the penalties I’m facing?
The “Endangering life and property” box is marked, and have to appear in court because it was over 30 mph over the speed limit. What kind of fine am I looking at? Am I in danger of having my license revoked? This is my 2nd ticket in 11 months, 1st of this magnitude.
A: Check to see if it is charged as a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a crime with a maximum 90 day jail sentence. Jail is rare for speeding, however. A person's driver's license can be revoked or suspended as a "habitual violator," based on the number of driving violations within one or three years, and depending upon whether they are petty misdemeanors or misdemeanors. You can find the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's rule on habitual violators on the state's website under Minnesota Rules (or call a "Driver Evaluator"). You might consider retaining a defense lawyer.
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