Saint Paul, MN asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota

Q: Can you dismiss a ticket in Minnesota without having to go to court?

I didn't park in handicap parking but I was parked in a space between 2 handicapp parking spots. But the thing is, a huge amount of snow was covering the space and when I removed the snow from the area, I later realized after the officer issued the ticket and left, - that the area wasn't a parking spot at all. But the officer actually assumed that it was a handicap parking spot.

Also there was no way of me knowing that it was not a parking area because the "no parking" logo that was usually supposed to be visibly painted and displayed on the space was covered in snow, but still the officer thought it was a handicapp spot and issued me the (wrong) ticket, I suppose. Can it be dismissed without officially going to court? Since he technically gave me the wrong type of ticket or non ticket?

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3 Lawyer Answers
William Bailey
William Bailey
Answered
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Bloomington, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Extremely unlikely. If you want to contest it you need to get a hearing officer appointment or arraignment date depending on where it was. A lawyer can help.

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

A: No. You’ll need to go through some sort of court process if you’re going to get the charge dismissed.

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

A: No. But why not make everyone else involved go through the court process, only to see you win in the end?

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