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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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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 »

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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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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."

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 Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Pulled over for speeding. Written a ticket for no insurance. Showed him my insurance. Told to send it in and fight it.

The officer took my ID and returned to his car while I looked up my insurance info. He returned with a ticket for speeding and no proof of insurance. I showed him proof of insurance. He said he couldn't remove the ticket because it would be more work and I needed to send the proof in.... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Apr 7, 2022

No, it does not de-legitimize the speeding ticket. The two issues are completely unrelated. There may be a legal issue with the speeding ticket, but this is not that issue.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: I received a Traffic Collision - Failure to Notify Owner of Damaged Property. I got stuck in a road that was a dead end.

The road was a dead end as I tried to turn around I got stuck in the snow. While I was getting my truck out I slid side ways a little into a green power box it damaged my truck I walked after getting unstuck it had a dent but looked fine. Got a call 3 days later apparently it knocked power out for... Read more »

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

The charge is a misdemeanor because there was property damage involved. You will need to appear in court for this and you should strongly consider getting an attorney - either a private attorney or a public defender if you cannot afford one. You are unlikely to lose your license, particularly if... Read more »

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Q: In minnesota does the state have any law or statute regarding crossing the fog line Or local ordances?

In the last 6 months i have heard of a few people that this was given as the primary reason they were being stopped. A good reason to do a quick look or sniff. Thank you for your time.

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

Consider a Driving While Impaired Case. It would begin with a police officer's traffic stop of a driver. The police officer would need reasonable articulable suspicion of a crime, or an observed violation of a traffic law. Either-or both. In the case of crossing the fog line, i have had... Read more »

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Q: If the officer gave me a ticket for no license and no insurance, and he wrote the wrong location and time is dismissabl?
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Mar 13, 2022

This question gets asked all the time. An error like that is not automatically going to result in dismissal of the ticket. Those errors can be amended by the prosecutor. There might be other issues that could benefit from a conversation with a defense attorney.

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Q: I was pulled over on 94 east about an hour ago for speeding by a state trooper. He asked how fast I was going in a 70mph

zone. I replied honestly with 81-82. he said I was going 87. asked me for my license and walked away. when he came back he gave me a ticket.

my question is. he never asked for registration/ insurance, (I was also driving my cousins vehicle. not mine) and he also never showed me the speed... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey
answered on Feb 28, 2022

You can always contest the ticket. The officer isn’t required to show you the radar or inquire about registration. Your best shot to contest the ticket will be with the assistance of an attorney.

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Q: I received a citation for speeding 74 in a 55.

When the officer pulled me over, he asked me how fast I was going and I admitted to 70 and he said 74. During this stop there was a liquor bottle on the floor in the front passenger seat left from the weekend before and since this was also a recently purchased vehicle, I didn't have our... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Feb 27, 2022

No. That is not a basis for dismissal. As art of the discovery process, you can get a copy of the citation and the police reports. There may a basis for a challenge, but a different officer’s name isn’t going to be the basis for challenge.

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Q: I got pulled over for a "stop sign violation" and I looked at my ticket and he put down the wrong year, make and model

Of my vehicle. Would I still have to pay the fine?

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Feb 27, 2022

The police officer writing the wrong year, make and model of the vehicle on a speeding ticket would not automatically make the speeding ticket void. Not paying the ticket and not contesting it in court, would result in the listed driver being convicted. The state could then pursue collection... Read more »

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Q: If I received a ticket from a state trooper and the trooper didn’t put his Trooper/CVI Name on the citation and only put

His badge number on the citation could I try to go to court and have this citation dismissed? This was a citation for expired tabs

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Feb 5, 2022

No. That is not a basis to get the citation dismissed. There may be other issues going on that could help, but this won’t be one of them.

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Q: Would a Court appointed attorney help a non resident of Minnesota with a speeding ticket of 100 mph? No alcohol involved

Winona County.

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

The issue is not the residency. The issue is whether the ticket is charged as a misdemeanor or a petty misdemeanor. A petty misdemeanor does not carry the possibility of jail time and consequently you would not be entitled to court appointed counsel. But you would if the charge is filed as a... Read more »

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Q: Traffic question!

If I am in the left turn lane, with my left blinker on, and 30 feet before the crosswalk while moving forward I blinker right and get back into the lane that goes straight through the intersection, is that against any traffic laws? No other vehicles were around at the time and I was pulled over for... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Jan 3, 2022

The police need reasonable articulable suspicion to pull someone over. There isn’t necessarily anything illegal about what you did, but other factors might’ve played a part in why you were pulled over. Speak with attorney directly about your situation for more specific answers about your situation.

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Q: Speeding ticket for 70 in a 60 in MN. Clean record for previous 5.5 years. Can I get a continuance for dismissal?

I haven’t had a speeding ticket in 5.5 years. I don’t mind paying the fine, I would like to avoid the insurance hike. Is it possible to get a continuance for dismissal based on my driving record or will previous tickets remove that option altogether? Ticket was issued in Steele County, MN.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Dec 27, 2021

The bigger issue for you is the county where the citation was issued. Not all counties give continuances for dismissal during the negotiation process. They are far harder to come by the further from the metro that you get. Steele County may not offer continuances for dismissal as a matter of... Read more »

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