Minnesota is one of the many states of America, and each state has its laws in addition to federal laws that all states follow. It’s easy to get caught out if you don’t know the laws. There’s a lot of obvious ones that are in place almost everywhere in the world.
That’s why we’ve made this list of laws that you didn’t know existed. Even if you don’t plan on visiting Minnesota, you can learn something new!
#1 – Hitchhiking is Illegal
One of Minnesota’s lesser-known laws is that you can’t hitchhike. If you’re stranded on the side of the road, you’re on your own! The exact phrasing says that “stand in the roadway with the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle.”
#2 – It’s Forbidden to Loiter
This is a hard one to enforce. Loitering refers to the act of hanging around a building or property. It depends entirely on where you happen to loiter, and on the owner of the place. If they don’t want anyone around their private property, they are within their rights to call the police.
Also if you are loitering avoid loitering near a building entrance because that will block people trying to enter or leave. Another thing to keep in mind is the time of day. It would be wise not to loiter around a building after it has closed.
#3 – Public Drunkenness isn’t an Offence
Out of everything on this list, this one makes the least sense. Being drunk and disorderly in public isn’t an offense in the eyes of the law. Of course, aggressive or threatening behavior will result in someone being charged.
Being drunk isn’t enough to warrant an arrest or a fine. According to Max Keller’s website, Keller’s Law Offices recent tactics that have been employed to help fight criminal charges include proving a lack of probable cause, determining that there was suppression of evidence, indicating that there was a lack of proof, and proving a procedural error occurred.
Whether you are trying to go from St. Paul to Minneapolis or staying in one place for an extended period, it’s important to know what you can and can’t do. Knowing the difference will give police officers less of a reason to stop and question you.