Bethel, MN asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota

Q: I received a no proof of insurance ticket in January of 2019. I had insurance but couldn't find the card at the time.

I did find it after the fact. I faxed the proof to the number on the back if ticket twice just to be sure. I didn't realize I also had to send it to another entity because thre ticket didn't tell me to. Thought I was good and went on my way only to be pulled over 5 months later for driving after revocation. I was on my way to a job interview which I never got to. I paid over $800 in fees and fines, took test again, got letter saying license was reinstated and went on my only to be pulled over a couple months later for driving after suspension. I ended up being pulled over for suspension twice more the last time being over a$20 reinstatement fee that they tacked on after everything was cleared up and after they sent paper saying I was reinstated again. So I paid the $20 that day then received a letter saying they were taking my license 90 days because I'm a repeat offender. I am a single mom with 2 teenage boys, I have to be able to drive! I did get a work permit and can only driv

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

A: It's unclear what exactly you are asking. Each time that you pay a fine on a no proof of insurance or driving after revocation, it is essentially a guilty plea. The revocation time frames on each offense essentially compound and get longer with each plea. I would follow the requirements of the work permit, because otherwise you may be looking at additional revocations. But feel free to call defense attorneys directly if you have more specific questions.

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

A: My suggestion would be to file a motion to re-open the original "no proof of insurance" case. The court has a form you can use for this on its website. Fill in the blanks, print, and bring it to the court (perhaps call ahead given the pandemic emergency). They should then give you a court date on your motion. Then appear at that court hearing with or without your lawyer. When I've done these, we typically can negotiate a new and better outcome. If this results in your "no proof" conviction being vacated; court administration would then send a "de-certification" letter to the Minnesota Dept of Public Safety (DPS). Then DPS would remove it from your DL record. After that, you could repeat the same process for each subsequent conviction; based on the argument that your license should never have been revoked. Many may find the process I just described to be complicated; and that may make a lawyer even more helpful. And of course, you'd want a lawyer with experience with these situations. Call me with any questions.

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