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What Happens to Your Vehicle After a DWI Arrest in Minnesota?

Forfeiture laws allow the government to seize property or assets that are used in a connection with a crime. Many people have a basic awareness of the concept of civil forfeiture. Though, these laws are more powerful than is commonly understood. In Minnesota, state authorities may even be able to seize and sell a vehicle...

Four Things DWI Defense Attorneys Want You to Know

Drunk driving is one of the most common criminal charges filed in our state. The Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety reports that 24,862 DWI arrests were made in 2017 alone. While prosecutors have experience handling many DWI cases, most drivers are simply not well-acquainted with the system. As a consequence, people sometimes make avoidable mistakes...

Do You Have a Right to Refuse a Field Sobriety Test in Minnesota?

If you are pulled over on suspicion of intoxicated driving in Minnesota, the responding police officer may ask you to perform a field sobriety test (FST). These tests come in a number of different forms, including:  The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN);  The walk-and-turn;  The one-legged-stand; and  A preliminary handheld breath test.  While the results of...

Boating While Intoxicated BWI

BWI in Minnesota: What You Should Know In Minnesota, it is a crime for an individual to operate or be in physical control of a motorboat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Similar to being charged with a DWI, an individual charged with the offense of boating while intoxicated (BWI) will face the...

DWI Is An Enhanceable Offense in Minnesota

Minnesota treats DWI charges seriously, but the level of severity of such a charge is significantly increased for those who have already been convicted of the same charge. The previous conviction is considered an aggravating factor, although the court will not review a defendant’s complete driving history to determine whether the charge is a repeat...

What Is Reasonable Suspicion For a Minnesota DWI Stop?

In order to stop vehicles in Minnesota, police officers must have a minimum of reasonable suspicion of criminal activity on the part of the occupants. While reasonable suspicion is less than the probable cause that is necessary for an arrest, it involves more than an inarticulable hunch. Instead, it must be a reasonable suspicion that...

New Test Catches “High” Drivers

Police was given a new weapon to combat drugged driving, a mouth-swab that can test if a driver recently used drugs. Drugged driving, like intoxicated driving, is illegal. However, police have struggled to define a consistent method to test drivers and assess (1) if they are under the influence of drugs and (2) if they...

Get Your Driving Privileges Back After a DWI

One of the most common questions we get is when can I get my driving privileges back after a DWI? Individuals who are convicted of DWI crimes in Minnesota may qualify to enter the state’s Interlock Ignition Device Program. The program allows offenders to continue driving provided they adhere to program requirements and complete other...

“High” Driving Sees Increase Over Past Few Years

A report released by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association found that the number of American fatalities in car crashes in which drugs were present or detected in car eclipsed the number of fatalities in which only alcohol was present. These findings indicate that as marijuana (and potentially other...