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Q: I was pulled over for speeding .then he proceed to give me poss of pot in motor vehicle ticket ?never gave speedticket

because his probable cause was speed he never gave me ticket for speeding?does that make his other tickets against me n case illegal in court?

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Jul 13, 2020

Unfortunately, no. The officer may use your speed to provide a reason to stop you and ultimately decide not to cite you for it. His decision not to cite you for your speed does not invalidate the marijuana possession ticket.

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Q: If I pay my 64 in a 55 speeding ticket I don’t have to go to court?
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jul 8, 2020

Correct. But just paying the ticket is the same as a guilty plea and you will end up with a conviction.

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Q: I received a speeding ticket. The officer's name is not on the citation in the 'Trooper/CVI Name' block. Badge # is.

Does an issuing officers name have to be on a citation to make it legal? I did not get the officer's name and it is not in the 'name' block of the citation. The trooper's badge number is. Can a state trooper legally give a speeding citation on a county road? This occurred in... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jun 24, 2020

In general, typos and irregularities on a citation can be fixed later by a prosecutor. As for jurisdiction issues, those sometimes can create an opportunity for a defense win. But that will depend upon the facts and circumstances in the case. I like the fighting spirit! If possible, get help... Read more »

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Q: Online Dvs says my license is valid but is it valid to law enforcement

I thought I was suspended but it says on driver and vehicle services that I’m valid. Is that what law enforcement see’s if they check the status of my dL?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jun 9, 2020

Law enforcement is going to see what shows on the DVS website. As far as I am aware it is the same database.

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Q: I was pulled over for doing 84 in a 70 on the highway by a state trooper who was going the opposite direction and

He stated that he passed me going the opposite direction about 2 miles back. So do I have to pay the ticket since he turned around and had to speed to catch up to me 2 miles later?

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jun 2, 2020

A person given a traffic citation by a Minnesota police officer must respond to it; or be convicted and fined by default. One way to respond is to pay the ticket, which amounts to a guilty plea as well. The other way to respond is to contact the court to make arrangements to be heard in court.... Read more »

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Q: on unsupervised probation in MN 4 speeding ticket. can get no same or similar. Got a speeding ticket in NE. Will MN know

No probation officer. If I get no tickets in a year it wont go on my record. Will the ticket in NE violate my MN stay of judication?

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on May 24, 2020

Yes. But depending on timing and other factors, luck might favor you. There would be more incentive to delay and fight the NE ticket, in that situation, with or without a lawyer in NE.

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Q: Some friends and I went to an old abandoned school in Minnesota near where we're from.

We didn't see any no trespassing signs and we weren't planning on causing any damage, so we went in to explore a piece of history. However, the cops showed up and we all received citations. Is there such thing as a trespassing citation and were we even breaking the law by exploring the... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on May 12, 2020

Of course there is such such thing as a trespassing citation. Whether what you did qualifies as trespassing is a different question. Was the building locked? Was it posted? Did you refuse to leave after being asked to? There are a lot of other questions here that need answering. You should... Read more »

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Q: Speeding ticket (69-60 zone). I would like to get a CFD, how do I approach the PA?

I was stopped by a MN state trooper for speeding (69mph in a 60 zone, noting that the Trooper reduced it from 74). From the point that I turned onto this road to where I was pulled over, there were no speed limit signs (I have a dashcam). I have a clean driving record and the vehicle has Ambulance... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on May 7, 2020

I won't answer all of those questions here. Instead, I invite your personal phone call to discuss. I will offer a couple tips here, though. Most people don't want a speed conviction on their driver's license record. The two most common results that fit that bill are: 1)... Read more »

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Q: What are the chances I would win if I take it to court, (especially given the covid-19 situation).

Cop was driving in the opposite direction and made a U-turn. By the time he flashed his lights, the speed limit had changed from 35 to 45 after a right turn. He claimed I was going 50 in a 35 (before the right turn), but I'm sure I wasn't going more than 45. He did end up giving me a... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on May 6, 2020

The CFR would keep it off of your record. That seems like a reasonable disposition. There is no guarantee that taking the matter to court will get you a better result. The COVID-19 issues will not have any effect whatsoever on things. Court dates are simply being delayed because of the... Read more »

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Q: I got a speeding ticket this evening, on the ticket it says that I was doing 70 in a 75 zone

As well as it said I was 5’ 51” tall my question is do I have to pay the ticket since he said I was not speeding?

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Apr 20, 2020

This is likely a typo. It would be unwise to ignore this. You should have an attorney monitor this and see if it can be dismissed.

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Q: My 16 year old son was pulled over for speeding and given a ticket. He paid the ticket a couple days later

I didn’t know about the ticket or about him paying the ticket until weeks later and only by looking at his bank statement. Being that he is 16 and I own the vehicle and pay the insurance shouldn’t I have been notified? Especially befor he admitted guilt by paying the fine

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 17, 2020

No. It’s his ticket and he was the driver. You certainly have the option of cancelling his insurance and taking away his DL.

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Q: Trooper issued Reckless driving ticket to a white Corvette based on traffic camera footage.

The trooper did not witness violation in person, Trooper viewed MN-Dot Cameras. Also there were multiple white corvettes on the highway at that time. Trooper pulled over multiple white corvettes. Traffic cam footage was really bad. no way to identify exactly which corvette or driver. Will this... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 12, 2020

There are two issues here: one is identifying the right vehicle. That depends on the quality of the traffic cam footage. The second issue is identifying the driver. That is likely going to be the stronger issue for you. I would certainly want to see the traffic cam footage if I were in your... Read more »

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Q: I'm hearing about parking tickets from 10 years ago for the first time. I have renewed and reinstated my license twice.

Never heard about these violation when being reinstated. Or renewing my license

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 8, 2020

You don't really provide enough information to answer this question intelligently. I'd suggest speaking directly with a criminal defense attorney. Most will provide a free consultation and can better answer your question with more information.

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Q: Can I have a ticket dismissed if it has wrong information on tick

I was pulled over this morning driving a big rig with my arm on the arm rest smoking the officer said I had a handheld in my hand. When he finished with my inspection he gave it an the ticket to me. The ticket and inspection had two different truck information on it. And the ticket one was wrong

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 4, 2020

That is not a basis to have the ticket dismissed. Those sorts of errors happen all the time. You should think about challenging the ticket if you were not actually on the phone.

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Q: I received a no proof of insurance ticket in January of 2019. I had insurance but couldn't find the card at the time.

I did find it after the fact. I faxed the proof to the number on the back if ticket twice just to be sure. I didn't realize I also had to send it to another entity because thre ticket didn't tell me to. Thought I was good and went on my way only to be pulled over 5 months later for... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 3, 2020

It's unclear what exactly you are asking. Each time that you pay a fine on a no proof of insurance or driving after revocation, it is essentially a guilty plea. The revocation time frames on each offense essentially compound and get longer with each plea. I would follow the requirements of... Read more »

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Q: Pulled over for speeding and issued multiple citations. Not sure the officer knew who he was pulling over

Merged onto I-94 only to see troopers in the median. unsure of my speed but know I was moving with the flow of traffic. Trooper claims 20mph, but before pulling me over he was going in and out of traffic switching lanes racing down the road for ~0.5-1 mile. He then decides to move to the left... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Mar 27, 2020

Ultimately, the officer only needs reasonable articulable suspicion to pul you over. There would be a police report and either dash cam footage, body cam footage or both of the traffic stop. It is impossible to know why you were pulled over without accessing that information. You can certainly... Read more »

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Q: can I go to court even know is my first ticket ?

So I was going 90 on a 65mph and they said that they were gonna send me a letter in the mail telling me if I’m going to pay for the ticket or I’m going to court can I go to jail for this? Even know I’m a teenager.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Mar 11, 2020

Being a teenager doesn’t keep you out of jail, but the charge will keep you out of jail if you only get charged with speeding. Slow down, there’s no reason to be going 90mph.

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Q: Should I pay for a 16y old speeding ticket from another state? Pay the state or collection agency?

I recently received this speeding ticket apparently in 2004. I don't understand, why I just got it now? The address I currently live wasn't on my drivers license then. I currently live in a different state from the issued ticket. I'm confused as in what I should do.

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Mar 2, 2020

It is unclear what state the ticket is from. You will want to contact an attorney in that state.

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Q: I'm fighting a speeding ticket in carlton county. It was an "unusual stop" according to prosecuting atty. The Pr atty

Was suppose to send me their evidence and hasn't yet. Court is march 12. The cop didnt actually stop anyone at first, he stopped on the freeway got out of his car and started flagging ppl over. I was in front of him & could see him in my mirror. The truck behind me also stopped. I waited,... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Feb 27, 2020

Fight it in court, ideally with a lawyer. The discovery request you make to the prosecutor should be written. Then follow their directions to get full discovery. Or your lawyer will. You may be asked to pay copy costs. 80 in a 70 is still guilty, so work on other defenses.

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Q: How long does it take to get a ticket in the mail if one is issued?

I stopped appropriately behind a school bus, and when that one went, I went too. There was a second bus stopped at the corner, let the first bus by, and then put the stop sign out AS I was passing it and started honking at me. He did not put out the stop arm until I was right next to him. And he... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Feb 20, 2020

There is no set time for you to receive the ticket and it could take some time. You should expect to get something within a month or so, but that does not mean that you are in the clear.

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