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2006 Minnesota Statutes

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171.16 COURT MAY RECOMMEND SUSPENSION.
    Subdivision 1. Court to report to commissioner. Every court having jurisdiction over
offenses committed under any law of this state or ordinance of a political subdivision regulating
the operation of motor vehicles, shall forward to the department, within ten days, a record of the
conviction of any person in the court for a violation of any laws or ordinances, except parking
violations and defective vehicle equipment or vehicle size or weight violations.
    Subd. 2. Commissioner shall suspend. The court may recommend the suspension of the
driver's license of the person so convicted, and the commissioner shall suspend such license as
recommended by the court, without a hearing as provided herein.
    Subd. 3. Suspension for failure to pay fine. When any court reports to the commissioner
that a person: (1) has been convicted of violating a law of this state or an ordinance of a political
subdivision which regulates the operation or parking of motor vehicles, (2) has been sentenced to
the payment of a fine or had a surcharge levied against that person, or sentenced to a fine upon
which a surcharge was levied, and (3) has refused or failed to comply with that sentence or to pay
the surcharge, notwithstanding the fact that the court has determined that the person has the ability
to pay the fine or surcharge, the commissioner shall suspend the driver's license of such person
for 30 days for a refusal or failure to pay or until notified by the court that the fine or surcharge,
or both if a fine and surcharge were not paid, has been paid.
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1973 c 698 s 8]
    Subd. 5. Juvenile court. When any judge of a juvenile court, or any of its duly authorized
agents, shall determine formally or informally that any person under the age of 18 years has
violated any of the provisions of any law of this state, or ordinances of political subdivisions
thereof, regulating the operation of motor vehicles on streets and highways, except parking
violations, and except traffic offenses involving a violation of section 169A.20 that must be
reported under section 171.17, the judge, or duly authorized agent, shall immediately report the
determination to the department and may recommend the suspension of the person's license, and
the commissioner is hereby authorized to suspend the license, without a hearing.
    Subd. 6. Notice of suspension. A suspension under this section is subject to the notice
requirements of section 171.18, subdivision 2.
History: (2720-145a) 1939 c 401 s 16, except par (c); 1969 c 946 s 2; Ex1971 c 27 s 24;
1973 c 421 s 4,5; 1981 c 341 s 3; 1983 c 359 s 18; 1984 c 622 s 16; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 123 s 2;
1989 c 307 s 27; 1996 c 346 s 5; 1998 c 367 art 8 s 3; 1998 c 388 s 20; 2000 c 478 art 2 s 7

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