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Q: Is paying a traffic ticket the same as admitting guilt with a plea bargain?

I was offered a plea bargain to remove a ticket that wasn’t valid if I plead guilty to the other ticket. Is the omission of guilt the same paying it vs admitting it on paper in the plea ?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on May 14, 2021

Yes. Paying a ticket is the equivalent of a guilty plea. Now here you are getting the benefit of having a second ticket dismissed so that might a good reason to accept the agreement.

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Q: Received a minor out-of-state traffic violation while under supervision for another ticket from my home state.

In December, I got pulled over for speeding in my home state (Illinois) and received court supervision for 180 days along with paying the ticket. I had to attend traffic school, to which I completed, and after 180 days the citation would be lifted from my record. In March, I moved to Minnesota and... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on May 7, 2021

I would suggest asking about this in an Illinois forum. The judge in Minnesota doesn't have any authority to decide how this will effect things in Illinois. An attorney in Illinois can best answer what your best approach to handling the MN ticket will be.

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Q: Is it proper for prosecutor to enter NG plea when not in open court and where all talks were off the record?

Petty traffic case. Remote hearing (arraignment) takes place. Pros offers a plea and I decline. Pros then instructs clerk to schedule for trial. I never said that I would plead NG, nor did I refuse to enter a plea. I presumed I would have a hearing before a judge to do this, but it has been entered... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 24, 2021

Nothing here was improper. It would be typical, particularly in a petty misdemeanor, that you wouldn’t necessarily enter a not guilty plea in front of a judge. It is a procedural step and the failure to do so isn’t a significant error.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Minnesota on
Q: I learned that i techinacally do not need a license since i have no waived my rights. what do i do if i get pulled over.

I learned that if i get a licience that means i am waving my rights and that i must follow all laws in my state related to using and obtaining my vehicle. I dont want to get license because i want to keep my rights. I know i have the right to travel and by obtaining my license i will loose that... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 22, 2021

You cannot legally drive without a license. So you will get ticketed, fined and perhaps even jailed if you drive without a license, especially if you do so repeatedly. Otherwise you can get a license and drive legally.

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Q: I put a sticker on a divided highway sign and got a citation with a mandatory court appearance. What should I expect?

I have some speeding tickets in my past but nothing too serious on my record. Will I get jail time? I’m hoping just probation or paying a fine.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 20, 2021

It’s impossible to answer without knowing more. What specifically are you charged with? Do you have anything other than speeding tickets on your record? Where are you being charged? Contact an attorney directly.

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Q: I was pulled over with multiple other vehicles by one trooper and ticketed for going 75 in a 65, but I wasn't speeding.

I have contested this ticket and the court has sent me the video of the incident. It does not show how fast anybody is going and in the audio the trooper is heard saying that everyone was speeding and we were traveling in a pack, which is false. In the video you see the trooper pull over a truck... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Apr 12, 2021

It is sufficient if the judge believes that the trooper’s word constitutes truth beyond a reasonable doubt. The trooper could certainly consider evidence that you were driving as fast as the truck if he clocked the trucker and the other vehicles were right behind it.

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Q: Can you dismiss a ticket in Minnesota without having to go to court?

I didn't park in handicap parking but I was parked in a space between 2 handicapp parking spots. But the thing is, a huge amount of snow was covering the space and when I removed the snow from the area, I later realized after the officer issued the ticket and left, - that the area wasn't... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Apr 3, 2021

Extremely unlikely. If you want to contest it you need to get a hearing officer appointment or arraignment date depending on where it was. A lawyer can help.

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Q: What steps do I take to ask for a stay of adjudication for a speeding ticket (misdemeanor) or Plea of no contest?

I'm trying to plead guilty with an explanation, any advice will be helpful

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Mar 26, 2021

"Pleading guilty with an explanation" to a judge will result in a conviction and perhaps reduced fine. But to ask for a "stay of adjudication" or better, the defendant or his or her defense attorney will need to speak with the prosecuting attorney (or in some metro counties,... Read more »

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Q: Is it likely to get a 84 on 70mph speeding ticket waivered if I explain that I was trying to keep the flow of traffic

Im a very recent driver that was driving down a freeway as a 2 hour drive and was passed by 2 other cars and was being tail gated by the right lane. I decided to take the left turn once there were no cars in the way. I put on my cruise control that slows when Im close to the car above me. I set the... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Mar 19, 2021

Setting your cruise control at 14mph over the speed limit isn’t going to be a successful defense. Leave the lawyering to the lawyers and get an attorney. There may be other ways to keep it off of your record.

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Q: no ticket, just mandatory crim hearing. petty misdemeanor shows online. do i need an attorney for turning on wrong lane?

I did not get an in person ticket. Online, it shows a citation for a petty misdemeanor. i got a hearing notice that shows it is mandatory cri/traffic. do i need an attorney? this is for turning the wrong way on a one way

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Mar 6, 2021

You never need an attorney just as you don’t need a plumber when your sink floods your bathroom. It would be helpful to have a professional but you can try on your own. Of course many of us offer a free consultation.

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Q: Can an officer write a ticket if he wasn't present at the accident? Is that considered hearsay?

I got in a traffic accident. The trooper who issued the charges against me was not at the scene of the accident.

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 26, 2021

An officer can issue a citation if they have reason to believe a law was violated. If you want to contest the charges, you should contact an attorney and set up a free consultation.

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Q: I got a ticket for accidentally parking in a handicap parking spot. Could it be dismissed if it's my first ticket?

Is it possible to avoid a official record? Are there loopholes on avoiding charges and or paying a fee instead without having a record ruined?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Feb 16, 2021

The prosecutor might be willing to negotiate a disposition that will keep a conviction off of your record. Having an attorney makes such a result more likely.

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Q: I need help taking care of some traffic tickets for no insurance
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Feb 8, 2021

I'd suggest reaching out to attorneys directly. You don't provide enough information here to really answer your question. It's unclear where the tickets were issued, how many of them there are, whether they are at warrant status or not, misdemeanor vs. gross misdemeanor, etc.

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Q: Does the Dimler rule apply for 54 in a 45, or not because it was not a 55 or a 65 speed limit zone?

My son received a 54 in a 45 speeding ticket. The office said it would not impact insurance since it was only 9 over. In reading the statutes, this seems fuzzy when it’s in this speed limit zone.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Feb 7, 2021

The Dimler law only applies to 55 and 60 mph speed limit zones, for drivers other than those in a commercial vehicles or those who hold a CDL. (This is clear as can be, More details on my website.) The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as a result, would place a 54 in 45 speed limit zone on... Read more »

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Q: going to court cuz I didn’t pay my ticket for speeding and no proof of insurance. My question is what’s going to happen
William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Jan 1, 2021

Nobody can tell you based on the extremely limited information provided. It sounds like you need to consult directly with a lawyer.

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Q: Not paying my ticket for speeding and no proof of insurance I have to go to court f
William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Jan 1, 2021

What is your question? A consultation with an attorney would be a good idea.

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Q: Is there a consequence to waiting until Monday to contest a ticket when today is the 30th day
William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Dec 27, 2020

Unlikely. Courts are generally extending the 30 day deadline due to covid. A lawyer can give you more assistance as it is clear you are unfamiliar with how this works.

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Q: I had 30days to respond to ticket but today is Sunday and the 30th day. Should i just pay ticket or wait til mon to cal

What happens if you go beyond the 30 days? Does it matter if its a Sunday? I would Iike to contest my ticket for a continuance of dismissal, but I’m not from the area where i got the ticket. I was going 20 over the speed limit, but the ticket was only issued for 10 over, so is it wise to just... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Dec 27, 2020

A lawyer can help you contest the ticket without you having to appear in court. Contact one.

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Q: somebody got a DAR ticket in my name . Isnt the cop liable for for making sure who hes giving tickets to? can i sue
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Dec 13, 2020

You certainly have the option of pleading not guilty. You can explain the issue to the prosecutor and go to trial if you wish. No you cannot sue.

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Q: I got a warning ticket for multilane slow movining vehicle move to right and duty to drive with due care.

Now state wants me to go get Dr opinion statement if I can drive. Go to eye Dr. Yo get eye exam and a mental health Dr. For an opinion statment if thinks I can drive vehicle safely. Is this normal process in Minnesota. And take road and written drivers test. Within 28 days.

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

The imagine that there is a belief that the driving issues were due to some medical issue. That would explain why DVS is requiring these things from you.

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