Get the Representation You Need with a Minnesota Traffic Violation Lawyer

Traffic Ticket Enhancements – When You May Need Legal Representation

Generally, traffic tickets in Minnesota are petty misdemeanors, which means they are not considered crimes. However, there are certain circumstances where a traffic violation can be considered more severe and result in criminal charges. One of these circumstances is when the violation endangers a person or property.

In Minnesota, endangering a person or property while operating a vehicle is defined as:

  • Driving at an excessive speed
  • Failing to stop after an accident
  • Engaging in reckless or careless driving
  • Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle
  • Passing a school bus with its stop arm extended

Suppose you are convicted of endangering a person or property while operating a vehicle. In that case, you may face criminal charges and more severe penalties. This can include fines up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail for a first offense.

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:

  • Overweight vehicles
  • Log book violations
  • Equipment violations

A commercial driver convicted of these charges can face hefty fines and potential suspension or revocation of their commercial driver’s license. This can significantly impact their ability to earn a living and support themselves and their families.

Federal Regulations Make Some Offenses Even More Severe

In addition to state laws, commercial drivers are subject to federal regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations aim to improve road safety and prevent accidents caused by commercial vehicles.

One of the most severe offenses under FMCSA regulations is driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI). Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than private drivers. They can face severe penalties for even a first offense. This can include disqualification from operating a commercial vehicle for at least one year, up to permanent disqualification in some cases.

How Can We Help You?