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Paul B Ahern

Hopkins DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Was charged DUI, ended up with careless driving, moved in other state before get letter from Safety department

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Paul B Ahern
    2. Thomas C Gallagher
    3. Derek Anthony Patrin
    3 lawyer answers

    You are not eligible in your new state, because your Minnesota license is still revoked. Regardles of the rest of my advice, you need to pay the reinstatement fee ($680) to get squred away with the State of Minnesota. Even though you were only convicted of Careless Driving, the DPS can make you pay the reinstatement fee because (I suspect) the DPS administratively revoked your license under Minnesota's Implied Consent Law for testing over .08 OR refusing the test. You had the right to...

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  2. Civil penalty claim

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Paul B Ahern
    2. Thomas C Gallagher
    3. Jason Charles Kohlmeyer
    3 lawyer answers

    Retailers lobbied the legislature for the right to send the "civil liability" letter. I have never seen a case where a civil penalty has been enforced against a common thief (or an uncommon thief as "Hans" called himself in the movie "Die Hard"). I routinely have told my clients charged with theft to ignore these civil penalty letters. Let you son know that theft cases are not punished IN COURT as harshly as DWSI, assault, drug cases, sex cases . . . However, this should not encourage...

  3. Can I get out of a reckless driving ticket if the vehicle info, license plate number, and DL number are all incorrect?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Paul B Ahern
    2. Thomas C Gallagher
    3 lawyer answers

    Correct those typos: This is the type of defense that seems better than it actually delivers in court. As long as the officer admits his mistakes ("looked like a Ford to me at the time"), you probably won't get very far with "my car is a Chevy not a Ford". That goes likewise on other factual technicalities like the license number and state. That probably won't be the primary focus of your defense. You probably will need to focus on whether your driving conduct was willfully and wantonly...

  4. Can I get out of a reckless driving ticket if the vehicle info, license plate number, and DL number are all incorrect?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Paul B Ahern
    2. Thomas C Gallagher
    3 lawyer answers

    This is the type of defense that seems better than it actually delivers in court. As ong as the officer admits his mistakes ("looked like a Ford to me a the time"), you probably won't get very far with "my car is a Chevy not a Ford". That goes likewise on other facutal technicalities like the license number and state. That probably won't be the primary focus of your defense. You probably will need to focus on whether your driving conduct was willfully and wantonly dangerous (Reckless...

  5. Who has charge of a out of state DUI, in North Carolina, "military", of a Minnesota issued drivers liences, 1rst time offense,

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Paul B Ahern
    2. Karyn T. Missimer
    3. Jessica Ruth Towne
    3 lawyer answers

    Presuming that you were charged ith a DWI on a military base in North Carolina, you need to hire a lawyer in North Carolina. Check the website for the National College of DUI Defense to help locate one. As a lawyer in Minnesota, I should warn you that any DWI conviction in another state will lead to an administrative revocation of your Minnesota license (most likely 90 days, unless you are unde age or htere is some other aggravating factor)

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