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License Plate Impoundment Procedure in Minnesota Following a DWI

Under Minnesota Statute section 168.041, the state may seize, retain, and destroy a motorist’s license plates for repeated DWIs, sobriety test refusals, or other DWI-related offenses. Called impoundment, this process occurs if a motorist is caught driving a motor vehicle after revocation, cancellation, or suspension of his/her driver’s license and/or driving privileges. During an arrest,… Read more »

A Brief Overview of Minnesota’s DWI Ignition Interlock Device Program

As of 1 July 2011, first-time DWI offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .16 or more (twice the legal limit)—as well as all second-time or subsequent alcohol offenders—have the option of regaining driving privileges by participating in the state’s ignition interlock device (IID) program. The IID program improves public safety by permitting eligible… Read more »

Minnesota DWI/DUI and Mandatory Bail

Bail is a set amount of money that a defendant deposits to the court as a condition of being released from jail with the understanding that s/he will return for trial. The facts of the case and defendant’s prior criminal history dictate the amount of bail. In some cases—such as for a defendant charged with… Read more »

What You Should Know about Minnesota Motor Vehicle Forfeitures and Drunk Driving

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute Section 169A.63, in certain DWI cases—as well as other alcohol-related driver’s license suspensions or revocations from other incidents—the arresting officer has the legal authority to seize and forfeit the vehicle involved. Circumstances which make a Minnesota motor vehicle forfeiture legitimate and valid include: A fourth DWI within ten years and the current… Read more »

What Can Happen When You Are Convicted of Minnesota Criminal Sexual Conduct

One of the most frightening things that can happen in life is when police arrest you for a sexual conduct offense. An even scarier event is a conviction for this type of charge. Learn what can happen if a Minnesota court finds you guilty of sexual misconduct. In the state of Minnesota, sexual conduct offenses… Read more »

Domestic Assault in Minnesota: What It Is and What It Means for the Accused

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that the courts in Minnesota saw more than 27,000 cases of domestic violence in 2011. Meanwhile, throughout the United States, there are more than 20,000 phone calls to domestic abuse hotlines every single day. In any close relationship, emotions run high, especially in the event of an argument or divorce…. Read more »

DWI Defense Attorneys Explain Minnesota’s Physical Inability Defense

If you’ve been arrested for driving while impaired (DWI) in Minnesota, you should familiarize yourself with the state’s physical inability defense. Minnesota DWI offenders face both criminal penalties as well as administrative penalties. Like many other states, the severity of these penalties varies depending on your blood alcohol level (BAC), whether or not this is… Read more »

The Constitutionality of Blood and Urine Testing Following a Minnesota DUI/DWI Arrest

Under Minnesota’s “implied consent” law (Minn. Stat. sec. 169A.20, subd. 2), motorists who refuse to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test if suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) are subject to additional criminal charges and penalties. These chemical tests are necessary to measure a motorist’s blood alcohol… Read more »

A Minnesota DWI Attorney Explains Possible Defenses in a DWI Case

When an individual is facing charges of any type of crime or offense, s/he is always looking for ways to mitigate the potential problems. In efforts to curb rampant DWIs, sanctions have become quite serious. Thus, if you are facing DWI charges, it is important to retain the services of a knowledgeable and skilled DWI… Read more »

Driving While Impaired in Minnesota: Degrees of DWI Charges

As in other states, driving while impaired (DWI) in Minnesota is a serious offense that leads to serious punishments for the offender ranging from suspension of your driver’s license to jail time. Worse, it can also lead to fatal accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that although drunk driving fatalities have dropped considerably… Read more »