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Q: What does Case type Crim/Traf Non-Mand mean on a traffic ticket.

A traffic ticket mailed in has this case type. The mailed portion does not have Endangering life or property checked. The fine itself is less than $200. Is this Misdemeanor charge more serious than speeding traffic ticket?

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

A: That means that the offense is a petty misdemeanor. It only carries a fine and not potential jail time. You do not have to appear in court. You can handle this administratively. But be aware that paying the fine is the equivalent of pleading guilty to the charge.

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

A: Without the benefit of seeing it, that sounds like a misdemeanor offense on the court's list of "payable offenses." A defendant charged with a misdemeanor on the Minnesota court's "payable offenses" can pay the fine without going to court, and so end up with a petty misdemeanor conviction. But, there would then be a public conviction record. Also, some "payable" misdemeanors can have collateral consequences. For example, a "marijuana in a motor vehicle, more than 1.4 grams" triggers a drivers license record and license revocation. Many choose to go to court to prevent a conviction.

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