Charged with a Traffic Violation in Minnesota? Get an Experienced Traffic Ticket Lawyer to Represent You
A traffic ticket can be much more than an annoying inconvenience. It can cause your auto insurance premiums to soar and it can result in your driver’s license being suspended or revoked. Someone who drives for a living such as a truck or taxi driver can lose their commercial driving privileges. Convictions for some driving offenses can land you in jail.
Don’t simply toss a ticket in your glove box or under the seat. The charge won’t go away. But at the same time, don’t pay a ticket if you feel you’ve been wrongly accused because it seems simpler than fighting it. Whenever you are given a Minnesota traffic ticket, call one of the skilled and experienced traffic ticket lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller.
Many Different Traffic Ticket Offenses in Minnesota
For private drivers, there are nearly a dozen different offenses in Minnesota that a person may be charged with by police or the state patrol:
Moving violations such as speeding or illegal turns
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Ignoring an extended school bus arm
Failing to pay a ticket
Failing to appear in court
Driving without proof of insurance
Outstanding traffic warrants
Driving after suspension
Driving after revocation
Driver after cancellation – inimical to public safety
When you are charged with any of these or any other traffic violation, before paying the ticket call a traffic ticket attorney at Sieben Edmunds Miller.
Traffic Ticket Enhancements – Endangering Person or Property
Generally, traffic tickets in Minnesota are petty misdemeanors, which means they are not considered crimes. Normally, when someone is issued a petty misdemeanor, the ticket can simply be paid, and the person cited does not need to go to court to handle the matter. However, Minnesota police officers have the discretion to decide whether traffic violations were committed in such a way that they endangered, or were likely to endanger, any person or property. This type of ticket is often given to one or more parties involved in a traffic accident. If the officer issues a citation with the “endangerment” box checked on the traffic ticket, the violation becomes a misdemeanor crime and the recipient must go to court to handle the matter. Drivers convicted of a misdemeanor crime face criminal penalties up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.00.
Commercial Traffic Ticket Offenses Are Serious
In addition to the charges that the driver of a private vehicle may face, drivers of commercial vehicles also can be ticketed for additional offenses:
Speeding more than 15 mph over the limit
Changing lanes improperly or erratically
Following another vehicle too closely
Unsafe or overweight load
Operating a commercial vehicle without a commercial license
Driving a commercial vehicle without the proper endorsements
Even if you are driving your private vehicle and receive a ticket, it will appear on your commercial driver’s license record.
Federal regulations make some offenses even more serious.
Your life and livelihood are at stake. Don’t give in and not fight the ticket. The commercial driver’s traffic ticket attorneys at Sieben Edmunds Miller in Mendota Heights will fight to clear the charge and keep a conviction from appearing on your commercial record.
Out of State Residents Ticketed in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Here’s some bad news: A traffic ticket in Minnesota will appear on your record in your home state. The traffic ticket lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller are experienced in representing tourists and travellers who had the misfortune to be ticketed for speeding, other moving violations, and even DWI in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
You may not even have to come back to Minnesota or Wisconsin for a court appearance. If you are taken into custody, we will see you where you’re detained. We also work with out-of-state clients by phone, fax, email and video conference.
No Matter How Serious The Traffic Charge, We Can Help
If you’re facing a Traffic Violation charge, you can trust the experienced Minnesota lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller to advocate for you. We proudly serve the cities of Burnsville, Bloomington, Minneapolis, Woodbury, Eagan, Mendota Heights, St. Paul, Hastings, Hudson, and River Falls in Traffic Violation cases. We also serve surrounding cities in Dakota County and throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.