Any person who shall, with intent to escape payment of any tax on a motor vehicle, as herein provided, delay or neglect to properly list and apply to register the same, or, with intent to prevent the payment or collection of the proper tax, fee, or lien thereon, violate or neglect to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter, shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

Comment: Turns out the license tabs on my truck were expired. I was picked up by the Plymouth police today at 1:00 p.m. After sitting in my car for about half an hour the policeman informed me that I was being arrested for the above Minnesota statute. I was handcuffed and frisked. Put in the back of a squad car and taken to police headquarters where I was finger printed and photographed. I had been on the way back from church after having lunch with our Pastor. I had to call someone for transportation (my truck was towed and the license plates were confiscated for evidence). Pastor Morrell's response - "you're kidding right!".

Pastor Morrell drove me down to the Hennepin County service center at Ridgedale (Minnetonka) and I bought new plates. Then to the Plymouth auto center where my truck had been towed. $ 100 for towing and fines and I was on my way and home by 5:15 p.m.

I called ARAG legal services and am engaging an attorney


  1. Good luck--of all the taxes I can think about, it seems to me that the annual vehicle tax has got to be one of the most nonsensical.....the state probably spends $10 annually to collect $40 from my per vehicle.

    On the bright side, if they ever reinstate the draft, they'll put you in Group W with Arlo Guthrie because you're not going to be terribly repentant of this heinous crime. Watch out for the mother-stabbers and father-rapers!

  2. Yikes. We were driving about a month with expired tabs. The renewal paper got sent to our apartment, who then sent it back to the state. We were driving back home when a driver flagged us down. We went the following day to renew.

    What you went through was quite a bit overboard.

  3. Is that a relatively new MN statute? I don't remember that being an arrestable offense - I know people who have been pulled that and just received a written citation.

  4. I omitted a detail ... my last tab was '09. So I was 2 years behind.

    I was very troubled by this in the night and prayed quite a bit about it.

    I was wrong. I made a mistake. But I am innocent of "intent to escape"


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