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We all make mistakes. But when you get a traffic ticket, the legal system can often take it too far. At Martine Law, our Minneapolis traffic lawyers can help you get back on the road in no time.

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It can be tempting to just pay a traffic ticket and go on with your life. Unfortunately, there are implications to this plan that are often overlooked.

Here are some reasons you should think twice before paying your traffic tickets:

  • You’re admitting guilt. Paying a traffic ticket is an admission of guilt and could be used against you in court if the ticket is contested.
  • You could lose your license. Pleading guilty and paying a traffic ticket usually results in traffic violations being added to your driving record. You could face a license suspension or revocation depending on the number of violations.
  • You may end up with a criminal record. Paying a traffic ticket may result in a criminal record, affecting your ability to get jobs, rent an apartment, and even obtain certain types of loans.
  • Your insurance premiums may increase. Insurance companies use traffic ticket convictions to determine your risk profile, which can lead to higher premiums.
  • You could end up with jail time. Depending on the severity of the offense, you may be sentenced to jail time.

It is always best to speak to a qualified traffic attorney before deciding whether or not to pay a traffic ticket. Our legal team at Martine Law can help you understand the consequences of your decision and advise you on the best course of action.

Penalties for Traffic Tickets in Minneapolis

Minnesota takes traffic laws very seriously, and so do we. One ticket could result in hundreds of dollars in fines and even possible jail time.

When you’re fighting a ticket, knowing what you’re up against is important.

Here are a few penalties you could face.

Minnesota traffic violations can result in hefty fines depending on the offense. According to the City of Minneapolis, the standard fines for various violations range from $20 to $200, not including the automatic surcharge of $85. Additionally, serious offenses such as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) can result in fines of up to $20,000.

In Minnesota, traffic tickets are typically classified as petty misdemeanors, meaning that you typically don’t need to go to court to handle them.

However, if a police officer deems that a violation endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property, the ticket is then classified as a misdemeanor crime, and you’ll have to go to court. Misdemeanor convictions can result in criminal penalties of up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000.00.

Commercial vehicle drivers can be ticketed for a variety of offenses, including:

  • Speeding more than 15 mph over the limit
  • Changing lanes improperly or erratically
  • Following another vehicle too closely
  • Carrying an unsafe or overweight load
  • Driving without a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Operating a commercial vehicle without the proper endorsements

On top of that, if you’re driving your private vehicle and get a ticket, it will still show up on your CDL.

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We’ll discuss your situation and desired outcomes, and determine if we can help.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How can a Minneapolis traffic lawyer help with my case?

A traffic ticket lawyer can help you handle all issues related to traffic tickets and violations, including:

  • Negotiating with the court on your behalf to reduce or eliminate fines and other penalties
  • Challenging the validity of the ticket or other charges
  • Helping you understand applicable laws
  • Showing up to court so you don’t have to
  • Providing advice on how best to proceed with your case
  • Helping you understand the consequences of pleading guilty or not guilty
  • Explaining the process for appealing a conviction or sentence
  • Informing you of all available options in your case

What should I do if I receive a traffic ticket?

If you receive a traffic ticket, it’s important to read it carefully and understand the charges against you. You have the option to pay the fine or contest the ticket in court. If you decide to contest it, it’s advisable to contact a Minneapolis traffic lawyer with experience defending traffic violations. Ignoring a traffic ticket can lead to additional fines, a suspended license, or even a warrant for your arrest.

Can a traffic ticket affect my driving record and insurance rates?

Yes, a traffic ticket can affect your driving record and potentially increase your insurance rates. Points may be added to your driving record depending on the severity of the violation, which can lead to higher insurance premiums and, in some cases, license suspension.

Is it worth hiring a lawyer to fight a traffic ticket?

Hiring a lawyer to fight a traffic ticket can be worth it, especially if the ticket could result in severe penalties such as high fines, points on your driving record, increased insurance rates, or a license suspension. A skilled defense lawyer can evaluate the evidence, identify any procedural errors, negotiate with prosecutors, and represent you in court.

What defenses can be used to contest a traffic ticket?

There are several defenses that can be used to contest a traffic ticket, depending on the circumstances of your case. Common defenses include challenging the accuracy of the officer’s observations, questioning the calibration and maintenance of speed detection devices, proving that the traffic stop was unlawful, and demonstrating that your actions were justified under the circumstances (e.g., to avoid an accident).

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A traffic ticket can lead to serious unintended consequences. But we’re here to help. By working with our team at Martine Law, you can save yourself from the complications of these tickets and get back on the road in no time. Contact us today to speak to an Intake Specialist.

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