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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Crim/Traf Mandatory for expired car tabs. No date set and no fines listed. Is it required to set my own date?

I got the ticket in the mail because the cop's printer wasn't working. The ticket doesn't have the information on the back side as it's supposed to because it was a copy of the front of the ticket.

Car tabs were expired for a few months and I got pulled over for it.... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on May 18, 2024

You can just call and pay the fine. There is information online on how to take care of the ticket. You can just plug in the citation number at this website and you'll be good to go: https://webpay.courts.state.mn.us/CourtWebPay/Search.aspx?ID=100

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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Criminal Law, Native American Law and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Is Driving after Cancelation (IPS) ,civil reg. Or criminal? I am a enrolled tribal member, and I was cited on res land

I was cited by a tribal officer, but I was given a Becker Co. Citation, I requested this remain in tribal court and was denied, because the officer believed dac,IPS is a criminal act and would be heard in district court.

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Driving after Cancellation (DAC), specifically when labeled as "inimical to public safety" (IPS), is typically regarded as a criminal offense. The categorization as criminal stems from the potential threat to public safety implied by the IPS designation. This determination means that the... View More

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Q: My son was killed by a 16 year old driver, who is only being charged with FAILURE TO MAINTAIN A SINGLE LANE violation.

The Accident Reconstruction Report, the Crash Report, the Field Report and 2 eyewitness statements are available, and all show that the 16 year old driver crossed over the center line causing the accident. The eyewitness reports specifically state that it appeared to be intentional, with the 16... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Mar 31, 2024

There is nothing you can do for force the county attorney to charge out any particular offense. You can certainly voice your opinions on what you believe should occur in the case, but ultimately, the County Attorney has the ultimate authority of what, if anything, to charge out in this case.

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Q: License suspension from speeding tickets?

Hello! I’m afraid I am facing license suspension, but after further research I’m a little confused. My first ticket was 1/11/2022, second was 11/14/2022, third was 2/6/2023 and my fourth ticket being 3/1/2024. I’ve THOUGHT after 4 tickets your license would automatically be suspended for 30... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Mar 3, 2024

The answer is in Minnesota Rules 7409.2200 HABITUAL VIOLATORS, available online. (For those with a Minnesota Driver's License, at least.) Four petty misd. traffic offenses within a 12-month period; or five traffic within a 24-month period will get a DL suspension. The rule is more complex... View More

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Q: I got pulled over and got a ticket. Although my ticket does not have a citation number on it anywhere or my speed.

What does this mean? Is it kinda invalid now maybe? I obviously can't look it up without a citation number

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answered on Mar 1, 2024

Receiving a ticket without a citation number or the recorded speed is unusual and might seem like an oversight that could affect the ticket's validity. However, it's important to note that the absence of this information on the ticket itself does not automatically make it invalid. The... View More

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Q: I was pulled over and cited in a friend's car for no proof of insurance. Do I pay the fine or go to court?
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Feb 27, 2024

It appears to on the "2024 STATE PAYABLES LIST TRAFFIC/CRIMINAL" list for Minnesota Courts. That means it should be "payable" online, via the Minnesota court's website without court appearance. But is that a good idea? Doing so will result in the court... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Hello question my friend was just pulled over for a headlight out . Mind you she was only about 2 miles away from home.

She's mental health issues and she is a diabetit was 8 PM the night before Thanksgiving as she got pulled over for a headlight out. As the officer approached her window he had noticed her pupils were Dilated. He jumped the gun and asked her if she was smoking fetal. He asked her to get out of... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Feb 7, 2024

She should get help from a private criminal defense attorney, or a free public defender, if she qualifies. Then she can work with her lawyer in developing effective defenses, and factual information. On the driver's license issue, she may want to call a "Driver Evaluator" at the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Hello question my friend was just pulled over for a headlight out . Mind you she was only about 2 miles away from home.

She's mental health issues and she is a diabetit was 8 PM the night before Thanksgiving as she got pulled over for a headlight out. As the officer approached her window he had noticed her pupils were Dilated. He jumped the gun and asked her if she was smoking fetal. He asked her to get out of... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Feb 8, 2024

In Minnesota, the license revocation process is a separate civil process from the criminal charges. A license is revoked immediately upon a breath test over the legal limit or a blood/urine test that shows a prohibited substance on board. She can apply for a public defender to represent her in... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: Kid got 2 driving violations within provisional driving period. Go to court or just pay the fines? Consequences?

Kid got a 2 charges, 1 for exhibition driving & other for more than one kid in the car while under provisional license. What are the definite and possible consequences for this?

A couple weeks prior she got a parking ticket, which went under mine and my husband's name since we own... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Feb 7, 2024

The exhibition driving is going to be a huge issue for your insurance. I would suggest doing what you can to negotiate that ticket down. It looks like you are in Hennepin County, so there is a far greater likelihood that they may be willing to agree to keep it off of her driving record assuming... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Minnesota on
Q: Kid got 2 driving violations within provisional driving period. Go to court or just pay the fines? Consequences?

Kid got a 2 charges, 1 for exhibition driving & other for more than one kid in the car while under provisional license. What are the definite and possible consequences for this?

A couple weeks prior she got a parking ticket, which went under mine and my husband's name since we own... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Feb 7, 2024

First, I'd look at the consequences for various violations. For example, a parking ticket should have no significant long term implications. Just pay it. But "Exhibition Driving" on the driver's license record could trigger future problems with insurance and police. So... View More

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Q: My wife got a speed citation. Many details are incorrect including the date, time, plate number, make, color. What to do

My wife received a speeding citation for 72 in a 55 in Hennepin Cty, MN. She believes she was speeding, but like 65 not 72. (72 in a 55 would be out of character for her). The officer gave her the citation and the Date is off by 2 days, time is off by 5 hours (plus the 2 days of course) Vehicle... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Jan 19, 2024

Typically, if the driver or her lawyer alert the prosecutor to inadvertent errors on the citation by the officer, they will then amend to fix those errors. This removes potential benefits to the driver. A better approach may be to never mention those errors until in the midst of a trial, when it... View More

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Q: Can police come into a daycare to issue a ticket? Especially when they did not pull the person over outside the daycare?

My daughter has a suspended license and her fiance had a medical procedure that prevented him from being able to drive and they needed to pick up their son from daycare. My daughter opted to drive to the daycare, which was close to her home to pick up her son. She could not walk him home as he is... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Jan 16, 2024

Yes, police can come into a daycare to issue a ticket. The officer probably decided it would be best if others could watch the child while addressing your daughter rather than when she and the child were outside in their car. Subzero temperature would also encourage this procedure.

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Q: Can police come into a daycare to issue a ticket? Especially when they did not pull the person over outside the daycare?

My daughter has a suspended license and her fiance had a medical procedure that prevented him from being able to drive and they needed to pick up their son from daycare. My daughter opted to drive to the daycare, which was close to her home to pick up her son. She could not walk him home as he is... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Jan 16, 2024

In general, yes. Generally police can go anywhere non-police can lawfully go (without a warrant, or other special authority). However, when I analyze all the available information about a client's case, I look for every possible defense issue first. Then after a discussion with the client,... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Can police come into a daycare to issue a ticket? Especially when they did not pull the person over outside the daycare?

My daughter has a suspended license and her fiance had a medical procedure that prevented him from being able to drive and they needed to pick up their son from daycare. My daughter opted to drive to the daycare, which was close to her home to pick up her son. She could not walk him home as he is... View More

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answered on Jan 16, 2024

In general, law enforcement officers have the authority to issue tickets or citations when they observe a violation of traffic laws, even if the initial observation occurs outside of a daycare facility. However, the manner in which the officer approached and issued the ticket may raise questions... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can I get a nonmoving violation dismissed if I can demonstrate that the PD is retaliating for a recent complaint I made?

4/2022, police were looking in my bathroom window just after 1am.They scared me; pounding on my window & shouting “I can see you! Open up!” I ran into my room & shut lights off. My kids were asleep in bed. Eventually police announce who they are & I open the door. It was the wrong... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Oct 25, 2023

That would be up to the judge, but you are going to be hard pressed to establish that the ticket was specifically issued in retaliation for your complaint about law enforcement. The case law on these issues is particularly bad regarding the individual motives of law enforcement where there is an... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Does MN State law require you to be notified of a traffic citation that was e-filed? Never received anything in mail.

My 16 year old son received a notice of late payment from the MN Court Payment Center for a citation that was issued over 30 days ago. I called the police department and was told the citation was e-filed. Went to the state court records online and verified that the citation was e-filed. We never... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Oct 10, 2023

One of the courts' most important jobs is to ensure that each citizen enjoys their constitutional right to due process. Due process includes procedural fairness; and the right to notice and an opportunity to be heard, by a fair and neutral magistrate. In general, the more the government... View More

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Q: I was speeding going 93 in a 65. Cop wrote it down as a petty misdemeanor. I have a clean record. What are the charges?

I already admitted to the speeding on the scene. Is it worth going to court?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Sep 18, 2023

The charges are whatever are listed on the citation that you were provided. In Hennepin County, it would certainly be worth setting a date with a hearing officer or even a court date. Hennepin is pretty generous with speed reductions or even a Continuance for Dismissal assuming that your driving... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: looking to hire a lawyer to help with my driver's license and dui charge. What is the typical cost/ retainer for this?

I am needing representation for a dui charge that has not been brought up yet, but I have lost my license. The officer's in this case did not follow the laws and have a history of harassment. I passed the field sobriety test, and afterwards another officer showed up saying he believed i was... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Sep 5, 2023

Your best best may be to reach out directly to criminal defense attorneys. Fees are going to vary some, especially for somewhere outstate like Becker County. Attorneys that have offices towards the Cities are likely going to have to charge for windshield time, especially if there are in person... View More

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Q: How do I handle a speeding ticket in MN?
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answered on Aug 28, 2023

When dealing with a speeding ticket in Minnesota, you should start by carefully reviewing the ticket to understand the details of the alleged violation. Depending on your circumstances and whether you believe the ticket is accurate or not, you have a few options. You can choose to pay the fine,... View More

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Q: How do I handle a speeding ticket in MN?
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Aug 28, 2023

Contact Court Administration, to request a court appearance date. Most people want to prevent a conviction being certified by the court to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (driver's license record). So, they see if the prosecutor will agree to a disposition that will not result in... View More

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