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Q: Exhibition driving

I’m in the state of Minnesota I just got a exhibition driving in the city ordinance ticket classification how much is it And will it make my insurance go up

Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jun 13, 2019

You don't provide enough information to answer this question if it is an ordinance violations. Ordinances vary from city to city so it is impossible to know what the fine is without knowing what city this occurred it. Yes, it is likely to increase your insurance rates if you are convicted of the... Read more »

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Q: if my speeding ticket says im driving a pontiac firebird but i was driving a chevy camaro can i beat ticket in court

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jun 10, 2019

My past traffic clients have wanted to keep the violation off of their Minnesota driver's license record. And I've been successful in helping them do that more than 90% of the time. Therefore, I would say: yes, it's possible. The defense is not obligated to give the prosecutor a heads-up about a... Read more »

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Q: issued a citation for speeding shortly after crossing a state border and entering Minnesota where speed limits vary.

Our speed limits change from 55, 60 or 65. If the location listed on the citation isn’t accurate how can he defend himself in court to prove otherwise? Would this be grounds to void the citation?

Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jun 6, 2019

Not listing the location is not necessarily fatal to a citation so long as it indicates where - as in town/township and county where the offense occurred. Along with the citation there will be police reports and likely squad video as well which are more specific about the location where the... Read more »

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Q: MY SON gared ticket for Violates one passenger restricción. He was cites for the offense. Him can loose the Drive per.

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jun 4, 2019

I'm not quite sure what the question is here. But, a person charged with a traffic violation should fight it in court. Most people wish to prevent a conviction, which could trigger consequences such as temporary revocation of driver's license.

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Q: if my speeding ticket says im driving a pontiac firebird but i was driving a chevy camaro can i beat ticket in court

Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jun 1, 2019

No. The traffic stop is on video. The fact that the officer put the wrong kind of car on the citation will not be a silver bullet.

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Q: Can u get charged for a ticket you got nine years ago? Is there a statue of limitations on traffic violations

When I went to the court house to see how much a fine I had was, when the lady looked me up she said I had a ticket from nine years ago and I had to go to court. So I was wondering if there was statue of limitations for traffic violations

Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on May 21, 2019

There is no statute of limitations issue here. You have already been charged with the offense.

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Q: if my speeding ticket says im driving a pontiac firebird but i was driving a chevy camaro can i beat ticket in court

Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on May 21, 2019

That is not going to be a silver bullet. Those sort of errors occur and don’t mean that the state can’t prove you guilty. The traffic stop is likely on a dash cam and will show what kind of vehicle you are driving.

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Q: Citation for not changing drivers license over after getting a warning the first time around. Can I get it dropped?

I had gotten stopped back in October and got a warning for not changing my licenses over to minnesota but I had been living there for 20 days. Then got stopped again just 2 weeks ago, april but got a citation. One week later I changed my license over and got my registration and license plates to... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher answered on May 9, 2019

You could look up the statute number online to see if the charge is a misdemeanor crime. I would if you'd mentioned the number. But, with violations like this, often the primary concern of the government is gaining compliance. Now that you have complied, if you bring proof to court the... Read more »

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Q: Can I change my speeding ticket 16 over the speed limit to a non moving violation, if so how much would it cost. Thanks

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Mar 25, 2019

That question may not be worded just right. Strictly speaking, the answer is "no." But, if you want to prevent a speeding ticket from being certified by the court to MN DPS to go on your driver;s license record -- that may be possible. It depends upon a few things: what happened ("the facts");... Read more »

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Q: can you be charged almost two months after a traffic stop. also the supposed evidence i have no idea what it could be.

also the charge is possesion of meth and or paraphanalia.. which they are stating is a felony. i would have went to jail..if the charges they are bringing against me were actually factual...?

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Mar 2, 2019

Yes. The statute of limitations period on Minnesota drug crimes is generally three years. While an arrest is inconvenient, a prosecutor can charge a crime regardless of whether the person was ever arrested. They do need evidence. Sometimes suspected illegal drugs are confirmed by a lab before... Read more »

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Q: Can you get a reckless/careless driving ticket if you aren’t caught by police, but a camera is present?

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Feb 20, 2019

Did you? The usual problem with charging a crime against someone with only camera evidence is lack of identification evidence. The police would need to get the suspect or target to talk to them, in order to have a solid case.

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Q: The snow was on my rear windshield I am unsure as to if the charge is even correct under that statue.

I had snow on my rear windshield that does not have windshield wipers (only the back doesn't) during a snowstorm yesterday and was able to see out of all 4 side windows and my front windshield. I got pulled over and got a citation. Subd. 3.Defrosting requirement. No person shall drive any motor... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Feb 8, 2019

You could call a Driver Evaluator at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to ask if it would go on your drivers license record (moving violation). If not, then it's mainly just the fine. You could fight it on the grounds that your car does have the ability to clear the rear windshield and it... Read more »

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Q: In MINNESOTA, how old does the licensed driver have to be for a 20 year old with a permit?

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jan 30, 2019

From Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety website:

"If you are 19 or older, you must practice driving with an adult licensed driver for at least three months

before taking a driving test."

"An adult" is someone 18 years old or older....
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Q: What does "strict liability offense" mean in the context of traffic tickets?

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Dec 18, 2018

A basic requirement of criminal law is that every crime must have an element of criminal intent. Strict liability is associated with civil lawsuits where intent is not required for liability to attach to the person who caused the harm. Though there are a few cases that claim "strict liability" a... Read more »

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Q: There is a bad snow storm happening with significant wet snow. I was trying to make the turn onto my street.

I was driving very slowly but there was no stopping, the car kept sliding on slusshy snow and hit the pole holding the street names. The pole tilted a bit. Not realizing how much damage had happened to my car, I drove the one block to my house. Now, I can see the extent of the damage and it is... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Dec 1, 2018

You could call and check with police. Whether they want to respond directly may depend on the amount of damage to the sign pole. You may want to check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage, and whether they need a police report. They might not other than a hit & run hitting you.... Read more »

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Q: What type of circumstances would warrant having to go to jail after driving above the speed limit?

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Nov 27, 2018

It's difficult to imagine circumstances where a person would be sentenced to jail time for speeding alone. First, it's likely that 99% of all speeding tickets are petty misdemeanor charges. The maximum penalty for a petty misdemeanor in Minnesota is a fine only; no jail time at all is possible.... Read more »

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Q: Are there any traffic violations that constitute felonies? What are they?

Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Nov 5, 2018

Felony DWI, Criminal Vehicle Homicide/Operation are two obvious ones but they are not really considered traffic violations.

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Q: I had a municipal marijuana charge in Missouri when I was 17 out of state and now I'm 18 but wasn't able to make it to

Court when I was 17. I don't know what happend to the charge, would it get dropped or would I have a warrant for my arrest out there?

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Oct 16, 2018

If it's a question about a Missouri case, you could post the question under the appropriate Missouri category so that a Missouri lawyer will see it, and perhaps answer it for you. In case you weren't aware, this was posted in Minnesota, the wrong state for the question.

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Q: I got a speeding ticket for going 123mph in a 70mph in Clinton county MO. I’m 17 and from MN. Will I go to jail?

I hired a lawyer in Missouri. The prosecutor in Missouri told him I have to do 48 hours in jail. On my court date, the ticket was still not on docket and the prosecutor hadn’t received it. Why?

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Oct 14, 2018

If it's a Missouri case then it will be handled in Missouri courts under Missouri laws with Missouri lawyers and court officials. A Minnesota lawyer would not be in a good position to answer this question. If you have a lawyer already, that would be the first place to go for answers. If you do... Read more »

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Q: If I got a speeding ticket 42 mph in 30 mph zone, will the ticket go to my record? Some speeding ticket dont go to recor

I believe there is some statue in minnesota that if you get a speeding ticket in X zone, the ticket doesnt go to your record.

Thomas C Gallagher answered on Sep 25, 2018

The so-called "Dimler speed law" only applies to drivers accused of going 65 or less in a 55 or 60 mph zone. Those won't go on a non-CDL, Minnesota drivers license record by statute. But that law does not apply in 30 mph zone, unfortunately. You may be able to keep it off your drivers license... Read more »

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