Minneapolis, MN asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota

Q: Is paying a traffic ticket the same as admitting guilt with a plea bargain?

I was offered a plea bargain to remove a ticket that wasn’t valid if I plead guilty to the other ticket. Is the omission of guilt the same paying it vs admitting it on paper in the plea ?

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

A: Yes. Paying a ticket is the equivalent of a guilty plea. Now here you are getting the benefit of having a second ticket dismissed so that might a good reason to accept the agreement.

Thomas C Gallagher agrees with this answer

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

A: Paying a ticket for a petty misdemeanor by mail or online, without a plea agreement would result in conviction. A prosecutor could offer a two-for-one type deal -- not uncommon.

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