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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 »

The Constitutionality of GPS-Enabled Ignition Interlock Devices

Heightened awareness of and increased attention on the growing DWI/DUI problem have resulted in new and increasingly sophisticated technology to help the fight. In some cases, however, this technology may infringe on individuals’ constitutional rights. Case in point: the use of GPS technology in ignition interlock devices (IIDs) raises such constitutionality questions and whether the… Read more »

Dealing and Selling Drugs in Minnesota

The latest penalties (revised in 2016) for selling controlled substances in Minnesota are severe. The Crime: Selling in the “first degree” means within a 90-day period, selling: A combined weight of 10 grams or more of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. A combined weight of 50 grams or more containing a narcotic drug other than cocaine, heroin or… Read more »

Drivers Can Face Criminal Charges for Distracted Driving in Minnesota

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as of January 2015, 47 U.S. states and territories, including Minnesota, had laws against text messaging while driving, and yet distracted driving remains a serious issue in the United States. This study showed 62 percent of drivers keep their phones within reach while driving, 61 percent send, read, or reply to text… Read more »