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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: If I am to receive a citation I should by law have to sign the citation I was never asked to sign any citation
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Sep 19, 2022

No. You are never asked, nor required , to sign a citation in Minnesota.

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Q: If I am to receive a citation I should by law have to sign the citation I was never asked to sign any citation
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Sep 19, 2022

Long ago in Minnesota, police could ask a driver to sign an acknowledgment that they received a copy of a traffic citation. But even then if the driver did not or refused to sign to acknowledge receipt, it made no difference. Today, Minnesota's uniform citation for traffic violations does... Read more »

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Q: I was stopped for driving on suspended license I was not given a copy of said citation or I never signed said citation

Or asked to sign said citation

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Sep 19, 2022

You are not required to sign the citation in Minnesota so that is neither here nor there. I would imagine that you are going to be mailed a copy of the citation so you should be looking for that in the mail.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: I was stopped arrested in my affidavit says a citation was issued I was not given a copy of said citation

Or given opportunity to sign the citation

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Sep 18, 2022

I'm a bit unsure about the question, since some of the terminology used in it may be different than as used by attorneys. A traffic stop alone is not an "arrest." When a driver is issued a citation by a police officer, that is done instead of an arrest, normally. In any event, you... Read more »

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Q: How long can police follow someone in MN after they notice a violation but before they actually pull you over?

Recently my wife was pulled over for "yielding" through a stop sign when making a right-turn at a 3-way stop (the cross street has a yield so she assumed the same). She said, however, that the cop didn't flash his lights / blare the siren until she was a few miles down the road (she... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Aug 15, 2022

As a general rule, if anyone can do it so can police. In other words, if anyone can lawfully drive down the road behind another motor vehicle, police officers can too. In that circumstance they would not exercising any special police powers granted them by law. Police can lawfully follow a car,... Read more »

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Q: If officer follows you presuming erroneously initial violation and then sees a legitimate violation, is it a legal stop?

Offices started following me for a wide left turn, which is not a thing since statute in MN does not specify a lane. However then officer saw me cross fog line and pulled me over? Is this a legitimate stop since everything started on the erroneous assumption by the officer that I made an illegal... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Aug 10, 2022

The officer doesn't need a legal reason to follow you. He or she only needs a legally sufficient basis to pull you over. Crossing the fog line could be such a legal basis. But don't take the officer's word for it. You should get an attorney and have the attorney view video of the... Read more »

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Q: Have Minnesota Driver License. Will Illinois 'court supervision' for the IL ticket keep my MN driving license clean?

I have a Minnesota driver license with no violations. I'm a MN resident but while traveling in IL was issued a speeding ticket in IL. Illinois offers 'court supervision' and attend a 4 hour safety course which IL says would keep my record clean for insurance.

QUESTION: Will... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Aug 2, 2022

In Minnesota, if a person is "convicted" of a driving-related offense, then the Court Administrator will "certify the conviction" to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, which in turn would then place the conviction on the Defendant's Driver's License record. So... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Do I have to show ID when pulled over

Here’s the scenario; I’m in a friends car, my friend is driving and my friend runs a red light or breaks some type of law and we get pulled over. the cop ask for the My friends drivers info and then comes back and asks for my identification do I have to give it to them even tho I haven’t done... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Jul 21, 2022

Law enforcement isn't necessarily entitled to identify you in these circumstances. That is very fact specific. They would need reasonable articulable suspicion that you committed a crime to take your DL from you as that is a seizure from a legal perspective.

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Q: I was pulled over for speeding and racing the other night. The officer wrote down the completely wrong vehicle.

I was on a motorcycle and he wrote down that I was driving a truck. He also said he clocked me going much faster than I was. Would there be any grounds for dismissal knowing it’s the wrong vehicle?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Jun 18, 2022

No, a clerical error like that can be easily rectified. But there might be other legal or factual issues that could get you out from under the ticket.

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Q: Is a first-time offense a reason for dismissal for a speeding ticket when contesting a citation?
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Jun 14, 2022

No, the ticket isn’t going to get dismissed simply because it’s your first ticket. There may

be other reason to dismiss the citation, but this isn’t one of them.

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Q: Can I be pursued & charged with a speeding charge if I was never caught? Pursuit was never initiated. MN

(Hypothetical) I simply drove past a Sherriff. Not so simply going 90 in a 60... was not drinking, just not thinking. I am licensed, the vehicle is not registered to me. There is no visual proof attaching me to the vehicle during the time. I parked and got a ride home. Now sheriffs are driving by... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Jun 11, 2022

Theoretically possible. But without proof of identity of the driver, a judge would likely find a lack of probable cause for the charge. That a big reason why police stop drivers - to ID them. Of course, if they later admit being the driver when talking to police .... Avoid saying words to police.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: will my license be suspended?

i’m in mn, just yesterday i got my 4th speeding ticket i believe? i got it in a different state too?he clocked me going 83 in a 75 but knocked it down to 80 in a 75. my last two speeding tickets were received in april & august of last year, and a “fail to exercise due to care or control”... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on May 11, 2022

You are looking at your insurance rates going through the roof with this mean tickets on your DL, especially if you keep driving the way that you are. The habitual offender revocation is very date specific. It would be important to have the dates of each of these citations/guilty pleas. The... Read more »

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Q: The original ticket was written to my wife. She fought it and won, because she wasn't driving but the cop wrote it out t

To her. Two months after the fact a ticket was written to me.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on May 10, 2022

Your wife has already asked this same question. The answer remains the same.

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Q: I was issued a ticket for speeding and dar. I wasn't driving my husband was. The cop knew that.

I got the ticket dismissed but then they turned around and issued at ticket to my husband. Is that legit?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on May 9, 2022

I would imagine that the ticket was erroneously issued to you. And that error can be fixed by issuing the ticket to the correct person so long as the statute of limitations on the charge has not expired.

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Q: I was pulled over in March and a ticket wasn't filed with MN courts until may. Can they do that?
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on May 9, 2022

Yes. That delay alone would not be grounds for a dismissal motion. But there may be other ways to achieve defense goals.

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Q: Can a careless driving on street or highway charge be prosecuted when the offense was driving on a sidewalk?

Someone I know received a ticket for careless driving on a street or highway which is a misdemeanor.

As it happens they were not driving carelessly, or on a street or highway. Rather they were driving on a sidewalk (large sidewalk). The law specifies street or highway for a careless... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Apr 25, 2022

First, someone you know should be addressing this issue themself. They can certainly contact an attorney if they wish to challenge the ticket. But in any event, this person certainly is at risk for a conviction for a conviction for their driving conduct. The prosecutor could certainly amend the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Received a driving without a current mn license because my sd license expired. Mn dmv was closed for covid and couldn't

Dmv was closed for covid so i couldn't switch my license when I moved. Ticket didn't have a court date just a number that was a recording on how to pay fines and was not a number to speak with a clerk. Email district attorney office asking for my court date and got a response asking for... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Apr 23, 2022

Let’s address a couple of things here. First, COVID did not authorize you to drive without a valid license. You might be in a different situation if you had a valid SD license and you were charged with not switching you license over. The fact that the DMV was closed might be something you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: I got a ticket today and I got accused of speeding but on the ticket the state trooper put that my lic plate

Was expired and it's not. Should I take it to court

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Apr 19, 2022

If a driver who has been cited for traffic violations pays the fine without contesting it in court, that driver loses; will have both a court record and a driver's license record of conviction(s). So the question I would ask is: "Why would a cited driver *not* contest those charges in... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Minnesota on
Q: Needing advice on what steps to take going further to get my sons license back.
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Apr 12, 2022

Call someone directly. Most criminal defense attorneys provide free consultations, but there is no information even provided in the question to be able to provide any answers that would be helpful.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Can I get a ticket in the mail from someone other than a police officer in MN?

I was stopped for a few moments in front of the UPS store in the south metro (Dakota County), it was marked with no parking signs welded to a old wheels, and no yellow markings on the curb. An individual approach Me and after a tense conversation he mentioned he was going to take a picture of my... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Apr 12, 2022

The government issues citations, not private citizens. There is no such thing as a private "ticket."

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