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Understanding When You Could Face a Felony DWI/DUI Charge Minnesota law spells out four degrees, or levels, of DWI/DUI. They range from fourth-degree, which is the least serious, to first-degree, which is the most serious If you’re facing DWI charges in Minnesota, you’ll need to understand what makes them a felony. When Can You Be...
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Drunk Driving Concept.
First DWI? Now What? In Minnesota, driving while impaired (DWI) means driving, operating, or controlling a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you’re pulled over and arrested for driving while impaired, you might be wondering what happens next. So let’s dive into the following steps, as well as the Minnesota...
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Driver with CDL Next to Semi
Will A DWI Affect My CDL? No one wants a DWI or DUI offense on their record. The consequences include embarrassment, fines, impoundment of your vehicle and its plates, jail time, and the revocation of your driver’s license. But if you are a commercial driver, cancellation of your CDL license due to a DWI is...
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Alcohol being poured at holiday party
Alcohol Charges Are Serious Everyone has seen the cliched drunk Santa in movies (and maybe even in real life). However, public intoxication is no joke. It’s also legal In Minnesota. Yes, you read that correctly. You can’t be arrested for simply being drunk in public. But don’t take that as permission to get soused and...
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Guy Riding a Snowmobile in Snowstorm
A new law affecting Minnesota residents convicted of DUI became effective on August 1 of this year, bringing with it restrictions on the ability to drive a wide variety of vehicles. The new law is known as Little Alan’s Law. Little Alan’s Law Eight-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter, Jr., was watching his father, Alan Sr., put up...
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When a Minnesota State Trooper pulled over a swerving, stop-sign-running driver, the officer discovered that the driver had 27 past DUI arrests on his record. And he still had a valid driver’s license in Minnesota. The news produced strong reactions from the public and lawmakers, most calling for stronger penalties and more enforcement. The “get...
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Large Truck on the Road
Everyone knows the risks of being charged with a DUI or DWI—the loss of a license, fines, even possible jail time. But, if you also drive a truck or other commercial vehicle for a living, your livelihood is at risk. As important as it is for everyone who is charged with a DUI to retain...
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Opening a Beer in a Vehicle
In 2016, Minnesota’s implied consent laws went before the United States Supreme Court in the case Bernard v. Minnesota. In short, the Supreme Court was asked to determine whether implied consent to breath tests and blood tests violated an individual’s constitutional rights. What Is Implied Consent? Under Minnesota’s implied consent laws, Minn. Stat. § 169A.51:...
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Alcoholic Drink with Car and Police Car
Every year, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) reviews and reports on all aspects related to the prior year’s drunk driving in the state. This includes looking at DUI arrests, multiple offenses, accidents, and drunk-driving related injuries and deaths. In September 2016, the DPS-OTS released 2015’s drunk driving statistics and...
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Breathalyzer
The past few months here in Minnesota have witnessed two large efforts to crack down on drunk drivers. Here’s what you need to know to remain current on DUI laws and enforcements efforts. Updated Gross Misdemeanor DUI Law A gross misdemeanor DUI, or mid-level DUI, kicks in at a lower blood alcohol content (BAC) level...
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