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Traffic Laws in Minnesota


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Traffic laws vary from state to state, and Minnesota has a very specific set of infractions for which drivers face penalty if convicted. The penalties can vary, and your exposure to those penalties can be professionally managed by an experienced Minneapolis traffic attorney like those at The Law Office of Jeff T. Ohara.

Minnesota law recognizes several types of traffic offenses. It clearly distinguishes civil infractions from misdemeanor and felony traffic offenses. Civil infractions resulting in a Minneapolis traffic violation ticket are civil proceedings, but having an experienced Minneapolis traffic violation lawyer can help you avoid the most severe penalties in any case.  Call The Law Office of Jeff T. Ohara for fast and effective traffic ticket defense in Minneapollis.

A driver cited for a Minneapolis traffic violation does not plead guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere. Instead, the driver must either admit responsibility, admit responsibility with explanation, or deny responsibility for the civil infraction violation. Defendant drivers are not convicted but instead are found responsible. Because a civil infraction is not a crime, findings of responsibility are not reported on the defendant’s criminal record, but appear on the defendant’s Master Driver Record maintained by the Secretary of State.

Traffic violations

Mandatory court appearances are required for specific traffic infractions, including:

  • Allowing an intoxicated person to drive
  • Allowing an unlicensed person to drive   
  • Possessing an altered license   
  • Driving a moped without a license    
  • Disobeying a police signal   
  • Unlawful bodily alcohol level (UBAL)
  • Driving under a denied, revoked, or suspended license
  • Leaving the scene of a personal injury or property damage accident
  • Carrying an open container of intoxicant in a motor vehicle
  • Operating under the influence of liquor (OUIL) or drugs (OUID)
  • Operating while intoxicated (OWI)
  • Operating while visibly impaired (OWVI)
  • Drag racing
  • Reckless driving

A district court judge rules on all civil infraction cases.  When appearing before a judge, you are well advised to have an experienced Minneapolis traffic violation attorney at your side. A skilled Minneapolis traffic lawyer like those at the Law Office of Jeff T. Ohara will guide you and represent you in a manner designed to lessen your exposure to the harsher penalties that are possible for Minneapolis traffic violations.

Let us help you

Contact The Law Office of Jeff T. Ohara by calling (616) 235-2000 today. Whether facing OWI charges or fighting a speeding ticket in Minneapollis, we will handle your case effectively, giving you the best legal advice available. You can also contact us online.



The Law Office of Jeffrey O'Hara
860 Blue Gentian Rd Suite 200
161 Ottawa Avenue NW
Minneapollis, Minnesota 49503

(612) 605-6020



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