Traffic Violation

27
Jul

Failing to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle Ticket - Minnesota

In the hierarchy of traffic tickets, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle is one of the more serious offenses. Most of the time, it’s a simple petty misdemeanor offense (which is not considered a crime under Minnesota law). But, sometimes,…
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12
May

Careless Driving Attorney

A Minnesota Careless Driving citation is a serious traffic offense that can result in a criminal record if there is a conviction. Further, while it does not automatically result in a loss of driving privileges, it can lead to the termination of insur…
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1
May

Distracted Driving Enforcement

Distracted driving – i.e. texting while driving – has become a major problem that has led to serious, and sometimes deadly, accidents. Enforcing the distracted driving laws has always been difficult under the current language of the law b…
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30
Apr

Distracted Driving Law to Change in August 2019

Minnesota’s distracted driving law – a.k.a. texting and driving – will change come August 2019. Starting then, the law will be much more restrictive, essentially demanding that any use of a cell phone by a driver be hands-free. For…
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30
Oct

The Masking Prohibition - CDL Drivers and Traffic Tickets

Commercial drivers know that even minor traffic tickets can have a dramatic impact on their livelihood. This stems from the federal law that automatically revokes commercial driving privileges for certain disqualifying offenses. For instance, speedin…
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17
Jul

Leaving the Scene of an Accident - Hit and Run

Accidents happen. They don’t necessarily result in criminal charges – after all, they are called accidents. But sometimes, an accident can lead to criminal charges for failing to properly obey the traffic laws or if a driver leaves the sc…
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26
Apr

Reckless Driving Attorney

A Minnesota Reckless Driving offense is one of the most serious non-DWI traffic charges. It is a misdemeanor to start with, but could become a gross misdemeanor if there is a certain amount of harm caused by the reckless driving conduct. With such se…
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21
Sep

Fine Increase for Passing a School Bus Ticket

In August of this year, an overlooked law change occurred that will meaningfully impact Minnesotans. Most traffic citations include a fine in the $100-300 range. Real money, but it’s at least reasonable. In August, this change for those charged…
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17
Nov

Underage Drinking and Driving

Facing DWI charges is a difficult time for every person. This is especially true for persons under the age of 21. An underage drinking and driving offense raises unique issues and potentially more significant collateral consequences. To begin with, a…
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7
Nov

Texting and Driving Crimes

Mr. Gempeler was just published by the Bench & Bar Magazine – a magazine distributed statewide to attorneys and judges – on the range of texting and driving crimes and the various consequences that come with them. The article also exp…
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