Ticket Fines and Penalties in Minnesota
Traffic fines vary by county in Minnesota. This is because each county imposes different surcharge and law library fee amounts. In addition, there are also varying court fees that come into play if you decide to challenge your traffic ticket.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine.
- Option to plea bargain penalties.
- Possibly have license suspended.
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates.
Learn more about Paying Your Traffic Ticket »
(Plead Not Guilty)
- Contest traffic ticket via trial.
- Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney.
- Negotiate a settlement before appearing in court.
- No penalties or fines if found not guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees.
- Court finds you guilt, must pay fines, court/attorney fees and incur penalties.
Learn more about Fighting Your Traffic Ticket »
Auto Insurance Rate Increase
Depending on the policies of your car insurance provider, your premiums may increase following a traffic conviction. Should this occur, you always have the option to shop around for a new provider. Comparing rates online from a variety of different car insurance companies is fast and easy and can be done from the convenience of home.
Minnesota is one of the few states that does not employ a point system. Penalties generally come in the form of lost driving privileges, meaning your MN driver's license has been suspended or revoked.
For the sake of clarity, these terms are defined as:
Suspended License―The temporary loss of driving privileges.
Revoked License―The termination of your MN driver's license.
MN Driver's License Suspension
Some of the more common reasons for license suspension include:
- Repeatedly violating traffic laws.
- Being convicted in court of a traffic violation that caused death.
- Committing a traffic offense in another state that would be grounds for a suspension in Minnesota.
- Missing a mandatory court appearance for a traffic violation.
- Being convicted of a misdemeanor resulting from a traffic violation.
Consult Minnesota's Driver's Manual for a full list of suspension reasons, many of which include non-driving infractions.
Minnesota Driver's License Revocation
Some of the more common reasons for license revocation include:
- Driving in excess of 100 mph.
- Committing a traffic offense in another state that would be grounds for a revocation in Minnesota.
- Knowingly driving your vehicle without no-fault car insurance.
Read Minnesota's Driver's Manual for a full list of revocation reasons.
MN Limited License
You may be granted limited driving privileges after your MN driver's license has been suspended or revoked. Depending on your situation, you will be restricted to:
- Driving to and from work.
- Driving to and from chemical dependency treatment or counseling.
- Driving dependents living in your household for medical, education or nutritional needs.
- Driving to and from school.
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