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Asked on: 9/22/13, 6:06 pm

i had a court trial in front of a "referee" in hennepin county 4th judicial district coiurt. it was for a petty misdomenor traffic violation, disobeying a traffic control sign. being a single drive of a tow truck entering the H.O.V. lane to pick up a stranded vehicle. the referee almost apologetically entered a guilty finding because he could not find where the statute specifically allowed a tow truck to do an emergency pickup. he again stated, "i find you did nothing wrong and believe there was a stranded vehicle, but i cannot find anywhere in the statute that specifically states a tow truck is an authorized vehicle or that you had been authorized by any authority (i.e police, fire, state patrol)." i have since found language from MN D.O.T. that i believe clarifies tow trucks are allowed to enter to do such emergency services. can i approach the referee or court to ask to reconsider based on the newly discovered information or am i forced to file an appeal? can i seek this reconsideration from "judge" or chief judge??

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Answered on: 9/23/13, 7:11 am by Tricia Dwyer

Hello. Your attorney is the person with whom you should discuss these matters, and with no delay whatsoever. She/he should know the facts and issues of your legal case better than anyone. There are rigid time deadlines involved. This response is general in nature and not to be considered comprehensive either.

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