Thursday, March 1, 2018

MN Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle Charge

As a Minnesota Traffic Ticket Attorney, I handle a lot of  moving violation cases.  What you need to know --- depending on the nature of the conviction that you could face ... not only might you have to pay a fine.  You could also lose your driver's license  One charge/conviction that leads to this outcome: a conviction for possession Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle.   

Under Minnesota Law, if you are convicted of possession of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle, you will lose your driver's license and you could end up with a misdemeanor on your permanent driving/criminal record. 

This conviction, not only could effect your motor vehicle insurance rates --- it could also have an effect on future job seeking ambitions b/c prospective employers and insurance companies alike will be able to find the conviction with a simple background check.

Minn. Stat. §152.027, subd. 3 explains that:
A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if the person is the owner of a private motor vehicle, or is the driver of the motor vehicle if the owner is not present, and possesses on the person, or knowingly keeps or allows to be kept within the area of the vehicle normally occupied by the driver or passengers, more than 1.4 grams of marijuana. This area of the vehicle does not include the trunk of the motor vehicle if the vehicle is equipped with a trunk, or another area of the vehicle not normally occupied by the driver or passengers if the vehicle is not equipped with a trunk. A utility or glove compartment is deemed to be within the area occupied by the driver and passengers.

Even though a matter may seem insignificant, it is important to speak to an experienced attorney to find out any unforeseen collateral consequences that could stem from certain moving violations.  Call The Rolloff Law Office to set up a FREE CONSULTATION: (612) 234-1165

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