Q: Should I go to court for speeding ticket that was reduced by the St. trooper under the Dimler amendment?
Trooper got me on radar going 76 in a 60mph zone. I was on a 2 way highway but in a passing zone so I had sped up to overtake the vehicle in the slow(right) lane. The officer entered the violation as 65 in a 60mph zone stating the Dimler amendment was applicable. Is it worth going to court to try to get the ticket dropped - I only have 1 other offense that is from 2015 - or should I pay the fine and be content with the reduced penalty?
A: Many people prioritize keeping a speeding ticket conviction off of the their DRIVER'S LICENSE record. Minnesota's "Dimler speeding provision" can provide an opportunity to do just that. But it may not always apply for all drivers cited for 65 or less in a 55 or 60 mph zone: CDL holders or people with non-Minnesota DLs may be out of luck. It should be possible to attend a court appearance to talk to the prosecutor about the possibility of a "Continuance For Dismissal Without a Plea," typically conditioned upon no same or similar violations for a year plus payment of money. If both are available, some will choose the "Dimler" speed since then they need not worry about ending up with two convictions if they should get another ticket in the following year.
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