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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 …

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 …

Prescription Drugs Increase DWI Risks in Minnesota

In Minnesota, it’s illegal for an individual to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of a (prescription drug) Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance. A MN DWI lawyer is often necessary to defend innocent Minnesota drivers who are taking valid prescriptions while under a doctor’s care. What are Schedule I and Schedule …

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 …

Dram Shop Laws in Minnesota Protect the Public

Dram shop laws in Minnesota help protect the public from individuals who consume excessive alcohol at bars and other social functions. The law allows people to seek claims for the medical bills, lost wages, property damage, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering an alcohol-related accident can cause. Businesses that violate dram shop laws can …

Risky Behaviors Lead to Minnesota Car Accidents

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), risky behaviors by individuals are the main cause of vehicle crashes throughout the world. In an effort to identify the factors surrounding the dangerous behaviors of drivers, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Transportation (OTS) retained market research and strategic consulting company Corona Insights to …

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 …

Penalty Options For First Time DWI Offenders

Prosecutors and judges in Minnesota have the right to enforce very harsh DWI penalties for first time offenses as a way to deter future violations. The severity of the penalties can appear overwhelming to offenders, especially when jail time and fines are involved. Fortunately, offenders who are willing to show remorse may receive leniency in …