Q: Is there a statue of limitation on how long the police officer has to file a speeding ticket?
My son got a speeding ticket in May for going 40 in a 30 in MN. When trying to pay it the court house could not find it. We had waited the 7 business days. We also called the number that it gives on the paper citation and they couldn’t find it either. We called the court house again and they still couldn’t find it. We called the number on the citation a couple more times, as it was recommended, throughout the month of June. Still nothing. We finally called the Renville County police department and they said that it hasn’t been filled yet. But would get it to the county attorney (he files the tickets). Still there was nothing. I understand that they are suppose to have the ticket filled within 10 days. It just got filled when looking it up now. Can he fight this ticket?
A: Usually three years, under Minnesota Statutes Section 628.26. But in my view, everyone should always fight every speeding ticket. Why not? What's the worst that can happen? It goes on your driver's license record. The only possibility of preventing that is by fighting it. If he has a clean record, many prosecutors will offer a "continuance for Dismissal WithOut a Plea (CWOP), conditioned upon payment of court-prosecution costs and no same or similar violations for a year. If they won't offer a way to keep it off the driver's license record, always demand a trial. Again, nothing to lose. Of course, a lawyer will help, but even without one -- fight it!
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