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2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: How much is seen by insurances on speeding ticket? For example, are officer comments seen/looked at?

A few months back I was pulled over for speeding. The officer asked if I had been drinking and I told him that I had a few drinks earlier in the night. I performed some Field Sobriety Tests and was asked to use a breathalyzer. The breathalyzer showed a blood alcohol content of .079. Being that the... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Oct 17, 2021

The ticket is public information and the insurance company can certainly access it if they want to. The bigger question is whether the company will seek it out.

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Q: I got a speeding ticket going 74 in a 55. I had turned onto the state highway and did not see a posted speed limit.

Can I contest it and report that? Is it worth it/will it get me out of my ticket?

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Oct 1, 2021

Yes, of course, every speeding ticket can be contested, and should be. Focus on the desired outcome. Perhaps that can be met by agreement. Next, gather all facts and keep an open mind to all possible legal defenses. That defense may be the best available, or another might be better. If it's... Read more »

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Q: I recently received a speeding ticket while driving in Wisconsin. Will it affect my Minnesota record

I'm a Minnesota resident

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Sep 23, 2021

If convicted (by paying the fine or losing a trial), yes. Wisconsin will report the conviction to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for inclusion on the driver's license record (assuming a Minnesota driver's license). To avoid that, fight the ticket in Wisconsin to try to... Read more »

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Q: i have convicted of a petty misdemeanor due to speeding 75mph on a 40. I was rushing due to family restrictions.

Have time a curfew at the house and didn't want to arrive home late, so I had to rush to get home fast and, my mom was sick, so I had to take care of her in all ways, so I had to sacrifice myself for hers.

i was trying to know if I can go on probation for the ticket I've received

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Sep 16, 2021

There isn't really a question here. Were you charged with speeding? Have you already paid the fine and consequently plead guilty to the speeding ticket? You need to more clear on what you are asking for anyone to help you.

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Q: Got a speeding ticket for doing 49 in a 30 mph zone (exiting a small town) - HOWEVER -

I was within about 30 ft of a speed limit sign that stated 60 mph. I took a picture of it thru my dash. Thought if I was within sight of the next speed limit sign, I could justify that speed?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Aug 21, 2021

The speed limit becomes effective at the sign. You could certainly argue that you thought the speed limit had increased. But it also depends where the officer clocked your speed.

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Q: My son,16 was charged with underage drinking and driving & speeding in February. Question below...

He received a speeding ticket 08/01 and another 08/17/21. I am beside myself but at any rate, I'm more concerned about his driving record and insurance, the 08/01 the officer gave an extreme speed but it's payable. There's no way my son could've been going that fast with the... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Aug 18, 2021

Yes, doing whatever can be done to minimize the consequences to his driving record and insurance rates is worth an attempt. The consequences to his insurance rates are going to be incredibly expensive and hiring an attorney may be less expensive in the long run. Additionally, the speeding... Read more »

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Q: Received a ticket tonight in Carlton County. Tribal officer lied about the speed.

Cruise control was set for 30 miles. When pulled over I was told it was for speed. I asked how he measured my speed and he refused to answer. Wrote me for 73 in a 60. How do I request dash and body camera video for court ?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Aug 16, 2021

You can certainly enter a not guilty plea and request any dash and/or body cam footage as a part of the discovery process.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Workers' Compensation for Minnesota on
Q: MN Statute 169.18(8)(a) - I need an affordable lawyer who can help me on this traffic citation please.

On July 18th I was cited for following a car too close as he was turning right in front of me on a 35E exit to pilot knob road which is a two-lane road. MN Statute 169.18(8)(a) I did end up closer to the vehicle than I, myself, would have preferred since the front car slowed to turn much more than... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jul 20, 2021

The effect that this might have on your insurance rates depends on your prior driving record and your insurance company. There is no mechanism for tickets automatically coming off of your driving record absent some type of agreement with the prosecutor. I don’t necessarily expect it to affect a... Read more »

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Q: I get my first speeding ticket the speed limit is 25 mph my speed is 35 mph can I removed from my record
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jul 3, 2021

Your question is confusing. Is the charge pending and you don’t want it on your record. Or were you convicted and you’re trying to have it removed from your record?

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Q: Officer could not provide a ticket to sign because her in-car printer was broken. Can I get a dismissal based on that?

I was pulled over for not stopping at a stop sign in Minnesota (I'm from Texas) but when she came back to the car with my license, she said that she couldn't give me a ticket to sign because her printer was broken. Can I get out of this ticket because of that?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jun 28, 2021

No. You are not required to sign a ticket upon receipt in Minnesota. There may be other ways to avoid the ticket or to keep it off of your record, but the printer being broken is not one of them.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: What’s the best way to ask for a dismissal of a speeding ticket?

I received a ticket for speeding in a special commissioners zone. Speed limit dropped from 55 to 40 in front of a State Park parking area but I don’t recall any yellow warning signs about the speed drop. The ticket is for 59 in a 40 and I’ve read that anything over 15mph over stays on record... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jun 25, 2021

Representing yourself is never a particularly good idea. You have some misunderstandings about the law. First, a ticket, at least in Minnesota, remains on your driving record permanently. I've seen folks with stuff on their driving record going back decades to the 90's and even the... Read more »

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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 ?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on May 14, 2021

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.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Received a minor out-of-state traffic violation while under supervision for another ticket from my home state.

In December, I got pulled over for speeding in my home state (Illinois) and received court supervision for 180 days along with paying the ticket. I had to attend traffic school, to which I completed, and after 180 days the citation would be lifted from my record. In March, I moved to Minnesota and... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on May 7, 2021

I would suggest asking about this in an Illinois forum. The judge in Minnesota doesn't have any authority to decide how this will effect things in Illinois. An attorney in Illinois can best answer what your best approach to handling the MN ticket will be.

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Q: Is it proper for prosecutor to enter NG plea when not in open court and where all talks were off the record?

Petty traffic case. Remote hearing (arraignment) takes place. Pros offers a plea and I decline. Pros then instructs clerk to schedule for trial. I never said that I would plead NG, nor did I refuse to enter a plea. I presumed I would have a hearing before a judge to do this, but it has been entered... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 24, 2021

Nothing here was improper. It would be typical, particularly in a petty misdemeanor, that you wouldn’t necessarily enter a not guilty plea in front of a judge. It is a procedural step and the failure to do so isn’t a significant error.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Minnesota on
Q: I learned that i techinacally do not need a license since i have no waived my rights. what do i do if i get pulled over.

I learned that if i get a licience that means i am waving my rights and that i must follow all laws in my state related to using and obtaining my vehicle. I dont want to get license because i want to keep my rights. I know i have the right to travel and by obtaining my license i will loose that... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 22, 2021

You cannot legally drive without a license. So you will get ticketed, fined and perhaps even jailed if you drive without a license, especially if you do so repeatedly. Otherwise you can get a license and drive legally.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: I put a sticker on a divided highway sign and got a citation with a mandatory court appearance. What should I expect?

I have some speeding tickets in my past but nothing too serious on my record. Will I get jail time? I’m hoping just probation or paying a fine.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 20, 2021

It’s impossible to answer without knowing more. What specifically are you charged with? Do you have anything other than speeding tickets on your record? Where are you being charged? Contact an attorney directly.

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Q: I was pulled over with multiple other vehicles by one trooper and ticketed for going 75 in a 65, but I wasn't speeding.

I have contested this ticket and the court has sent me the video of the incident. It does not show how fast anybody is going and in the audio the trooper is heard saying that everyone was speeding and we were traveling in a pack, which is false. In the video you see the trooper pull over a truck... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 12, 2021

It is sufficient if the judge believes that the trooper’s word constitutes truth beyond a reasonable doubt. The trooper could certainly consider evidence that you were driving as fast as the truck if he clocked the trucker and the other vehicles were right behind it.

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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... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Apr 3, 2021

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.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: What steps do I take to ask for a stay of adjudication for a speeding ticket (misdemeanor) or Plea of no contest?

I'm trying to plead guilty with an explanation, any advice will be helpful

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Mar 26, 2021

"Pleading guilty with an explanation" to a judge will result in a conviction and perhaps reduced fine. But to ask for a "stay of adjudication" or better, the defendant or his or her defense attorney will need to speak with the prosecuting attorney (or in some metro counties,... Read more »

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Q: Is it likely to get a 84 on 70mph speeding ticket waivered if I explain that I was trying to keep the flow of traffic

Im a very recent driver that was driving down a freeway as a 2 hour drive and was passed by 2 other cars and was being tail gated by the right lane. I decided to take the left turn once there were no cars in the way. I put on my cruise control that slows when Im close to the car above me. I set the... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Mar 19, 2021

Setting your cruise control at 14mph over the speed limit isn’t going to be a successful defense. Leave the lawyering to the lawyers and get an attorney. There may be other ways to keep it off of your record.

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