Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney in Shakopee, Minnesota
Though traffic tickets are usually only petty misdemeanors and are punishable by fines up to $300, they can still have some serious ramifications. Insurance companies may learn about a traffic conviction and significantly raise your monthly rates. You may also lose your driving privileges. Mr. Peterson is an experienced Minnesota traffic ticket defense lawyer that can help defend you if you get a traffic citation.
What to expect if you get a traffic ticket
If you receive a traffic ticket for things like speeding, or running a stop sign, you do not have the same rights as those charged with a crime. Since traffic tickets do not carry the risk of jail time, you do not have a right to a jury trial. If you take your case to trial, it will be decided by a district court judge only. You will also have less time and court appearances in with which to assert your rights and any legal defenses.
Some offenses are treated like misdemeanors with a maximum of 90 days in jail and fines up to $1,000. Subsequent convictions can be treated as gross misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail, a $3,000 fine or both. Tickets will also be issued for more serious traffic crimes such as:
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence
- Driving while impaired
- Felony death by vehicle
- Hit and run
- Manslaughter or negligent homicide involving a motor vehicle
In addition to jail time, fines and the loss of driving privileges, traffic offenses can also result in increased insurance rates and reinstatement fees.