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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...

Can a DWI Be Expunged in Minnesota?

Expunging Records When DWI MN records are expunged, they are sealed by the court. A DWI Minnesota is considered a crime that creates a criminal record in the court system. A criminal record is hard to escape, since it’s disclosed on all types of important documents that are used by employers, lenders and banks, home...

Can You Get a DWI if You Aren’t Driving in Minnesota?

While DWI stands for “Driving While Intoxicated or Impaired”, an individual does not have to be actually driving to get charged with the offense in Minnesota. In fact, attempting to drive, sitting or sleeping in a vehicle with the engine running, or sitting in the driver’s seat with the car turned off while intoxicated can...

Is that Evidence Admissible in Court?

A recent Supreme Court ruling means that evidence obtained after an illegal stop may now be admitted into court under certain circumstances. As long as the search is conducted after an arrest warrant is discovered, any evidence that is uncovered can be used against a defendant. This decision allows police to stop individuals on the...

A Brief Guide to DWI Laws in Minnesota

Minnesota prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or a hazardous substance. Minnesota further prohibits the operation of a vehicle while a driver has an alcohol concentration (or blood-alcohol level) of 0.08 percent or more (or 0.04 percent if operating a commercial vehicle). Finally, drivers may...

What is HGN?

HGN refers to the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test. The test is a field sobriety test that is given by law enforcement when someone is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.  The HGN test checks for Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, which is an involuntary jerking or twitching of a person’s eyes that naturally happens when...

What is the cost of a DWI?

How much does a DWI actually cost? There is not a hard valuation on the cost of receiving a DWI, but most agree that on a first time offense, the typical cost is upwards of $10,000.00.  How do we come up with that number?  Here is a quick breakdown of some of the unknown costs of a DWI. Towing Fees Officers will only give a couple of minutes to find a sober driver to pick up your car.  If you cannot find anyone a tow truck will be called.  The tow will cost any were between $100.00 to $200.00.  The towing ...