2-week push by Minnesota police officers to ticket drivers

Although many in Minneapolis may not think driving violations are that big of a deal, they can certainly cause drivers considerable trouble. For some of the most serious traffic violations, a driver could lose his or her license, will likely have to pay a fine and may see an enormous increase in insurance prices. There are some traffic violations that also come with criminal charges. Moreover, if police stop a driver for something like speeding and then believe that he or she had been drinking, he or she could find him- or herself in even more trouble.

Drivers in Minnesota should currently be aware of a national two-week program to catch as many drivers who aren’t wearing seat belts as possible. “Click it or Ticket” is a concentrated effort by law enforcement to crack down on drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing their seat belts.

While the state is certainly interested in improving traffic safety on Minnesota’s roads, it likely also has an interest in earning more money through increased traffic tickets. There are examples of numerous states who have been working hard to ticket more and more drivers than in years past. One state even expects to arrest nearly double the number of people it has ticketed previously, coming to an extra $350,000 for the state.

Just as with the more serious of crimes this blog has covered, anyone who believes he or she has been wrongfully ticketed can fight to clear his or her name. Although some may think that there is no harm in paying a fine for a traffic violation, there is no saying how a ticket could negatively affect a motorist.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, “‘Click It or Ticket’: The Annual Revenue-Generating, Seatbelt-Ticketing Blitz,” Elizabeth Dwoskin, May 14, 2013

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

Years of Experience: Approx. 20 years
Minnesota Registration Status: Active
Bar & Court Admissions: State of Minnesota Minnesota State Court Minnesota Federal Court 8th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals State of Maryland

What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

One of the questions people facing a criminal charge ask is: How long does a criminal case take? The timeline of your criminal case in Minnesota will depend on the nature and severity of the alleged crime, the speed of the criminal justice system, the duration of the trial, and whether an appeal will be necessary. Delays at any stage of the criminal justice process may impact how long your criminal case will last. Generally, however, misdemeanor cases may resolve within weeks or months, while felony cases may linger in courts for up to a year.
People accused, arrested, or charged with a crime often ask, “How much does a criminal defense lawyer cost in Minneapolis, MN?” It is difficult to accurately determine how much a criminal defense lawyer will cost. The reason is that numerous factors impact the cost of legal representation in criminal matters. These factors include the type and severity of criminal charges, the lawyer’s experience and reputation, required time and effort, and geographical location.
Social media can have legal implications, particularly when it comes to criminal cases. Since its advent, social media has become a powerful tool for communication and self-expression. As of 2023, an estimated 4.9 billion people worldwide use social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to share thoughts, experiences, and moments from their lives. However, in this digital age, social media activity can be used as evidence in criminal cases in Minneapolis and elsewhere.