Austin, MN asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota

Q: In Minnesota if you are not home, do cops have to call you before issuing a citation?

My vehicle was parked on the road in front of our house. We left early morning on a Friday morning for a family emergency in another state. On Saturday night the cops issued a warning and left it on my car that I had to remove it in twelve hours. I was in another state and we did not get back home until really late on Sunday night. When we got home there was also a citation on my car for leaving it parked there for more than 12 hours. I was in another state and had no idea. If I was notified I could have had someone go and move it with no problem and avoided the hassle. My father in law said that if no one was home they are required to call the owner of the vehicle and since they didn’t I should contest it. Neither I nor the place that I had gotten the car from (Cars-n-Credit) had gotten notified. Is this true that they should call us? Do I have grounds to contest it?

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

A: To my knowledge there is no obligation to notify the owner before issuing the citation, but I would assume that you were ticketed for violating some local ordinance in Austin. I'd take a look at the specific ordinance and see that is addressed. But I would guess that the failure to contact you would not be a basis to challenge the citation.

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