Minnesota Traffic Violations Lawyer
Get Help With Your Traffic Violations Charges
Not all Minnesota traffic violations come with simple consequences such as paying a ticket. Serious charges that require an expert legal advice may be brought against a motorist. Criminal Defense Attorney Chuck Halverson has the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to help you resolve your Minnesota traffic violation case.
With over 25 years of experience in all criminal defense matters, including traffic violations, Mr. Halverson is a lawyer that understands the necessity of driving in today’s world and the severe consequences which follow after losing your driving rights, tarnishing your driving record, or losing your freedom due to a Minnesota traffic violation. Mr. Halverson is dedicated in defending the liberties and rights of his Northern Minnesota and Brainerd area traffic violations clients. He is determined to provide you with the best possible outcome after a Minnesota traffic violation.
Did you know?
Laws regarding reckless driving have recently been altered. If the police or a prosecutor feel as though you were driving recklessly when an accident occurs, you could be facing serious charges.
Minnesota Traffic Violation Crimes
There are many types of Minnesota traffic violations that vary in severity and penalty. The following is a list of some common traffic violations a person may be charged with.
- Speed limit violations
- Speeding in a construction zone or school zone
- Reckless driving
- School bus stop arm violations
- Erratic lane changes
- Careless driving
- DUI / DWI
- Underage drinking and driving
- Hit and run
- No proof of insurance
- Driving after your driver’s license has been revoked, suspended or cancelled
Minnesota Traffic Violation Penalties
Traffic violation penalties vary depending on your previous offenses, severity of the violation, as well as additional factors such as if alcohol / drugs are involved in the violation or if the person is underage.
Penalties may include (but are not limited to):
- Jail time
- Loss of driving privilege
- Payment of restitution
- Disqualification for future employment as a driver
- Increase in your insurance rates
New Minnesota Law for Traffic Violations
Minnesota Statute Section 169.13, subdivision 1, is amended. The amendment does two things. First the definition of Reckless Driving has been changed to read as follows:
Subdivision 1. Reckless driving. (a) A person who drives a motor vehicle while aware of and consciously disregarding a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the driving may result in harm to another or another’s property is guilty of reckless driving. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that disregard of it constitutes a significant deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.
(b) A person shall not race any vehicle upon any street or highway of this state. Any person who willfully compares or contests relative speeds by operating one or more vehicles is guilty of racing, which constitutes reckless driving, whether or not the speed contested or compared is in excess of the maximum speed prescribed by law.
(c) A person who violates paragraph (a) or (b) is guilty of a misdemeanor. A person who violates paragraph (a) or (b) and causes great bodily harm or death to another is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
Beginning August 1, 2015, the changes now increase the consequences for being involved in an accident. Accidents are no longer just accidents. If the crash is perceived to be your fault, and either a law enforcement officer or a prosecutor thinks you drove recklessly as now defined, and the crash caused death or great bodily harm, you are looking at serious penalties.
You can be looking at 365 days in jail, a fine of up to $3,000.00, and payment for restitution for direct or indirect financial damages not covered by your insurance or protected by the civil concept of comparative fault. Going to jail for being in an accident now becomes a very real and serious possibility. Serious charges, serious consequences, demand serious representation. Chuck Halverson’s Brainerd area traffic violations clients know that’s precisely what they’re getting from Halverson Law Office.