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I’ve Been Charged With A DWI, What Happens Now?

DWI Charge in Minnesota | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYIskUHVv1g This question, from an anonymous post on http://www.mankatodwi.com, is answered by Thomas Hagen, from Kohlmeyer Hagen, Law Office Chtd. So you’ve been charged with a DWI and now you want to know what happens next? Well the first, we need to remember that a DWI/DUI case is split into...

The Tests

DWI TESTS Breath After years of litigation surrounding the Intoxilyzer 5000, the State of Minnesota has implemented the use of a new breath testing machine, the DataMaster DMT-G. The new breath testing device was purchased in hopes of effectively ending the use of the Intoxilyzer 5000 and the trouble surrounding the machine. DataMaster Breath Test...

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Field Sobriety Test – Officers commonly use the same three tests.  These tests are not mandatory and can be refused, although officers will never inform you of this. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test or HGN is a test where the officer requests the individual follow a pen or their finger.  The officer is looking for nystagmus...

The End of Source Code Litigation?

On June 27, 2012, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling on the “source code” issue.  The ultimate question before the Court was whether human readable instructions for the computer or “source code” affected the reliability of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN. This case began in 2006 when Dale Underdahl filed a motion requesting the complete...

What is a PBT?

What is this mystical preliminary breath test (PBT)? A PBT is a small handheld device that an officer uses in an attempt to measure blood alcohol content by measuring the alcohol contained in your breath as you exhale into the PBT.

The DWI Law is Changing Again!

On July 1, 2011, the DWI landscape in Minnesota is changing. The new legislation will affect all DWI Law.  Below are some of the most dramatic changes. The new legislation will lower the .20 limit to twice the legal limit, .16.  This is a major legislative shift since the average blood alcohol content of a...