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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...

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...

What You Need to Know About Minnesota’s Open Container Law

In Minnesota, certain individuals can be held liable for illegally transporting an open container of alcohol inside motor vehicles that are on public streets or highways. People who are found to be in violation of the state’s open container law could face criminal charges. By familiarizing themselves with open container laws in the state, drivers,...

Breathalyzer Tests May Not be Reliable

In most Minnesota DWI cases, people are given breathalyzer tests to measure their blood alcohol concentrations, but the tests may not be reliable. Several courts in Minnesota have recently called into question the reliability of breathalyzer tests following challenges to the scientific accuracy behind them by DWI lawyers. The tests at issue are the breathalyzers...

Recent Crackdown Results in Multiple DWI Arrests

A recent campaign to crack down on impaired driving in Minnesota resulted in more than 2,400 drunk driving arrests in just seven days across the state. While that number is down from the 2,502 arrests in that same period in 2015, the numbers are evidence that driving while intoxicated is still a major problem in...

Expunging DWI In Minnesota

Certain vehicular offenses may be eligible for expungement in Minnesota. Changes made to the law this past year make it easier for individuals to expunge criminal records. Doing so makes it easier for individuals to seek employment opportunities, pursue careers, purchase homes, and many other activities. Eligibility for Expungement Changes to the law mean that...

Factors that Affect Alcohol Absorption

There are many factors that affect the rate of alcohol absorption by the body. These factors can influence an individual’s ability to determine their level of inebriation and can influence their decision to operate a motor vehicle. BAC and Functional Abilities Alcohol consumption impacts an individual’s vision, reaction time, cognitive function, and ability to manage...