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Q: So my friend is from out of state and she got a citation, however, the officer never told her what she owed nor did the

Citation paper. In her home state the officers have to tell you what you owe upon receiving the citation. So my question would be is it the same for us here in Minnesota.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Oct 10, 2019

No. In Minnesota a police officer giving a traffic citation to a driver is not required to tell the driver the amount of the fine; nor is the citation required to state that amount. However, the driver can learn that information online on the court's website or by calling or visiting the court.... Read more »

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Q: What does Case type Crim/Traf Non-Mand mean on a traffic ticket.

A traffic ticket mailed in has this case type. The mailed portion does not have Endangering life or property checked. The fine itself is less than $200. Is this Misdemeanor charge more serious than speeding traffic ticket?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Oct 1, 2019

That means that the offense is a petty misdemeanor. It only carries a fine and not potential jail time. You do not have to appear in court. You can handle this administratively. But be aware that paying the fine is the equivalent of pleading guilty to the charge.

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Q: Should I hire an attorney for a Traffic misdemeanor citation received for not Yielding to pedestrian

The citation was given after the police officer called me.

She said I didn't drove past a pedestrian and I thought I drove past after the pedestrian had crossed the road.

She also said she had other witnesses. How should I proceed?

The charges are stated as

with... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Oct 1, 2019

Hiring an attorney certainly minimizes the consequences that you might face. But you have to weigh the costs of hiring an attorney vs. what it would cost to simply pay the fine.

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Q: Does any citation to court requeires for a lawyer support?

This question is linked to the "passing by school bus infraction" one. I know that at any court I can get a lawyer. But, for what I understand by your previous answer, that this infraction is not simple a "payable offense", Should we hire the service of a lawyer to go to court? Our guess was simple... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Sep 25, 2019

Paying the ticket is an admission of guilt. There may be able way to keep this off of your record, but blindly going to court and pleading guilty is not one of them. Speak directly with an attorney regarding this matter. There are ways to keep if off of your record.

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Q: Why someone is asked to appear at court by passing a school bus when the stop arm was out instead of getting a ticket?

A police officer visited this person, who committed the infraction, to simple take a declaration. But instead of giving him/her a ticket he told him/her that he/she will receive a court citation. This happend a year ago. But the notification arrived few days ago. Is this the usual way to treat this... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Sep 25, 2019

Minnesota: Normally a court appearance is required for a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor criminal charge. A traffic citation is a summons to court, unless the charge is a petty misdemeanor or "payable offense." The person named in the charge should go to court to try to prevent a conviction.

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Q: State trooper pulled over wife in town for not wearing seatbelt

She was leaning forward in car and stated he did not see seatbelt when next to her. She was pulled over and license was in baby bag behind her. She removed seatbelt while stopped and reached back to get it. When officer arrived stated that he stopped her due to not wearing seatbelt and when she... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Sep 14, 2019

This is really a credibility issue between your wife and the officer. But in all likelihood, she could keep this off of her record via a conversation with the prosecutor. The question really is whether you want to hire an attorney to fight the citation, but her explanation certainly makes a lot... Read more »

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Q: "At-fault" accident, Petty misdemeanor citation, full coverage-SF, no tickets past 10yrs. benefits outweigh atty fees?

Just trying to find out if I can get an advocate near MSP South metro area to help my mother through this rear-end accident. Willing to pay if short/long-term benefits outweigh upfront cost.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Sep 5, 2019

You don't provide enough information. Feel free to call my cell - 612-401-5488

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Q: Is there a length of time the state of Minnesota, anoka county specifically, has to collect a fine if I dont pay it?

I went to get my Florida drivers license but was refused because of a fine that went supposedly unpaid from 2011, 8 years ago. But I was issued a license from Minnesota and traded it for Texas when I moved. 7 years later, Florida wont licence me because of an old fine.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Aug 19, 2019

I'm not aware of any legal time limit. There might eventually come a time when they let it go. Maybe. But generally if one state revokes or suspends a drivers license,that driver won't be able to get another in a new state; until they clear it in the original state. If it were me, I'd need to... Read more »

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Q: My son (28 yrs old) was in an accident and was mailed a ticket for failure to yield to right away.

The box was checked endangerment of life and/or property He was turning left on a flashing yellow arrow and did not see the vehicle coming the other direction. He was clearly in the wrong. Both vehicles involved are commercial motor vehicles. The other driver was taken by ambulance and... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Aug 8, 2019

If you look at the Register of Actions for the case on the Minnesota courts website using the citation number or court file number, you'll likely see that it's a misdemeanor criminal charge. Some traffic violations are charged as crimes. The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is 90 days jail.... Read more »

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Q: can you be arrest for not sign a ticket in Minnesota and why?
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Aug 2, 2019

This question is awfully vague and consequently cannot be answered intelligently. Can you provide more information?

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Q: Son driving my car in MN Pass lane, didn't know the transponder was off. Stopped and ticketed. Options to contest?
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jul 31, 2019

I would try to determine if this is a violation that could trigger a license revocation (if too many within a year, for example), or an increase in insurance rates. If so, I would set a goal of keeping it off my driver's license record. The way to do that is through the court - by preventing a... Read more »

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Q: Letter for license being suspended for no proof of insurance.

My son was ticketed for running a red light. He couldn’t find his insurance card at the time of the stop and now has received a letter stating his license will be suspended for 30 days. He can prove he had insurance, he’s never had a lapse in insurance and he has a clean driving record. If he... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jul 27, 2019

Sounds to me as if he must’ve plead guilty to the charge. He will have to seek a plea withdrawal to avoid the suspension period. He should contact an attorney for help.

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Q: Is there a way to remove or request to remove the "Violate Restriction of DL" from my records for MN drivers?

I got a ticket for "VIOLATE RESTRICTION OF DL" for driving on Instruction permit only without the presence of License holder in car. I had the valid insurance though and it happened 1 years back. I already paid the fine but i want it removed from my records now. Is there a way to get it removed?

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jul 24, 2019

Paying the fine is the equivalent of a guilty plea to the charge. Getting it off of your driving record would require that you pursue an expungement.

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Q: Is there a statue of limitation on how long the police officer has to file a speeding ticket?

My son got a speeding ticket in May for going 40 in a 30 in MN. When trying to pay it the court house could not find it. We had waited the 7 business days. We also called the number that it gives on the paper citation and they couldn’t find it either. We called the court house again and they... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jul 23, 2019

Usually three years, under Minnesota Statutes Section 628.26. But in my view, everyone should always fight every speeding ticket. Why not? What's the worst that can happen? It goes on your driver's license record. The only possibility of preventing that is by fighting it. If he has a clean... Read more »

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Q: Can my son get a license in WI without triggering his his suspension in MN it’s been over 10 years. WI resident.

He has several driving after suspension in MN. Suspended for child support which has been cleared up for many years. But the tickets were never cleared up. He has lived in WI for over 10 years. He also failed to fulfill his probation requirements for a bogus domestic abuse case. He isn’t sure if... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jul 20, 2019

Driver's license: Minnesota and Wisconsin have both passed the model Interstate Compact on Driver's Licenses. As a result, they report violations of residents to each other. He may have to clear his Minnesota license suspensions before Wisconsin will give him a license. But, he could apply for... Read more »

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Q: I was issued a citation for speeding however the vehicle listed on the ticket is not mine. Can I get this dropped?

Thia was in clay county mn. The ticket also says i was exceeding 70 mph in a 55 mph zone and i was not. The officer even told me i was only going 69.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jul 18, 2019

No. An error on the ticket will not result in it being dismissed. But there might be other reasons to keep it off your record.

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Q: I got a speeding ticket in Hennipen Co., MN, for 88 in a 55 mph zone. What are the penalties I’m facing?

The “Endangering life and property” box is marked, and have to appear in court because it was over 30 mph over the speed limit. What kind of fine am I looking at? Am I in danger of having my license revoked? This is my 2nd ticket in 11 months, 1st of this magnitude.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jul 14, 2019

Check to see if it is charged as a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a crime with a maximum 90 day jail sentence. Jail is rare for speeding, however. A person's driver's license can be revoked or suspended as a "habitual violator," based on the number of driving violations within one or three years,... Read more »

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Q: Was driving home at night got pulled over where the trooper shined her spotlight in my side mirror directly in my face

Would that be considered assault of some kind due to me asking her to turn it off and she refused and or what can be done about it

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jul 10, 2019

No. That is not an assault. There is no violation of the law there that I am aware of. It’s unclear what you are asking.

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Q: Unclaimed speeding ticket and suspended license

My wife got a speeding ticket in Minnesota, the problem now is when we call to pay the fine, the ticket has not been claimed by any county so payment cant be directed anywhere. Now her license has been suspended. What do we do. Its frustrating when you try to pay theae fines but theres nobody to... Read more »

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jul 8, 2019

I'm not sure what "unclaimed" means. But, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety administers drivers licenses in Minnesota. If you call a "Driver Evaluator" there, they should be able to help you sort it out. Another idea: if you have the citation number, go to the Minnesota court's website... Read more »

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Q: I was told tonight my license was suspended, shouldn't I have been notified about it

I was given a ticket & told I could pay it online or call the DA on Monday to find out why. I had gotten a ticket over 2 yrs ago but paid the fine. I'm trying to figure out how I have been able to pay my tags, change title and have insurance if this true. How could no one have caught this?

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher answered on Jun 29, 2019

Drivers licenses in Minnesota are administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. You can call a "Driver Evaluator" there to discuss what's up with your license and whether they sent a notice. And you can go there to get a certified copy of your driver's license record. If you paid a... Read more »

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