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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 …

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 …

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 …