Minneapolis, MN asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota

Q: Trooper issued Reckless driving ticket to a white Corvette based on traffic camera footage.

The trooper did not witness violation in person, Trooper viewed MN-Dot Cameras. Also there were multiple white corvettes on the highway at that time. Trooper pulled over multiple white corvettes. Traffic cam footage was really bad. no way to identify exactly which corvette or driver. Will this ticket be dismissed?

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

A: There are two issues here: one is identifying the right vehicle. That depends on the quality of the traffic cam footage. The second issue is identifying the driver. That is likely going to be the stronger issue for you. I would certainly want to see the traffic cam footage if I were in your shoes.

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

A: Criminal and traffic charges are almost never dismissed, once filed, unless opposed. If the only evidence is camera recordings, the prosecution case is weak. But a prosecutor would be unlikely to dismiss without credible opposition from a defense attorney. From the facts presented in the question, the identification of the vehicle, and identification of the driver may be serious problems for the prosecutor.

Mark William Perron
Mark William Perron
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Hugo, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: You should certainly demand a copy of the video. If there is no other eye witness and the video quality makes it difficult to identify the car and/or the driver, the prosecution has quite the uphill battle.

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