Minnesota Degrees of DWI charges Minnesota DWI laws require mandatory minimum fines and jail sentences if you have previously been convicted of a DWI offense or an alcohol-related revocation or cancellation of your driver’s license. In addition to mandatory fines and jail sentences, prior offenses can result in vehicle forfeiture or seizure, license plate impoundment …Continue reading "Minnesota Degrees of DWI charges"
Today, driving while under the influence is an offense met with zero-tolerance policies in many states across the country. Minnesota is one of them. A first offense driver charged with a DWI if their blood alcohol content is over 0.08 can face consequences of up to 90 days in jail, a $1000 fine, up to …Continue reading "Charged with a DWI as a Minor"
Should I Hire an Attorney for a DWI? In Minnesota, the consequences of a DWI conviction can include: Fines Community Service Drug/alcohol treatment Jail time Driver’s license revocation or cancellation Requirement that any vehicle you operate be equipped with ignition interlock device Vehicle forfeiture or seizure License plate impoundment Requirement that any vehicle you operate …Continue reading "Do I need to get an Attorney for my DWI?"
When a DWI arrest occurs, the driver may not be the only occupant of the vehicle. There may be any number of passengers, including children. DWI incidents involving child passengers are common (one recent example involves a man arrested on the I-94 for DWI with a 16-month-old child in the car). If there’s a child …Continue reading "What Could be the Consequences of a DWI with a Child in the Car?"
Over the holidays, many Twin Cities residents will be gathering with friends and neighbors to celebrate the season. At events like this, it’s very, very easy to drink a little too much. It is always important to be judicious about drinking when you know you have to drive, but it may be especially important over …Continue reading "Watch Out For Extra DWI Patrols Over The Holidays"
In the recent U.S. Supreme Court case of Missouri vs. McNeely, the prosecution was fighting to support the implied consent law, meaning that every person can be legally forced to submit to a blood test, with or without their consent. That means that a warrant would not be necessary in order to administer a blood …Continue reading "Supreme Court Rules in Favor of McNeely in Missouri vs. McNeely"
The case name is Missouri vs. McNeely. In McNeely, the United States Supreme Court ruled that there is no single factor exigency exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement in DWI cases. The rationale in McNeely is not limited to warrantless blood draws – it also applies to warrantless breath and urine searches and seizures …Continue reading "U.S. Supreme Court Case Missouri vs. McNeely Could Help You Avoid a DWI Conviction"
If you are placed on probation after committing a DWI, then you are responsible to adhere to all the conditions of your probation for the set amount of time appointed by the court. If you break probation or fail to adhere to all the standards expected of you, then you can be punished. Probation is …Continue reading "The Consequences of a DWI Probation Violation in Minnesota"
The Minnesota Supreme Court will soon be reviewing Minnesota vehicle forfeiture law. The Minnesota Court of Appeals already considered Minnesota vehicle forfeiture law in a decision filed October 31, 2011. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that a Defendant charged with, but not convicted of DWI in which there is a vehicle forfeiture action is …Continue reading "Vehicle Forfeiture Law to be Reviewed by Supreme Court"
The conviction of a Defendant found guilty of 3 counts of criminal vehicular homicide has been overturned by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and he will be given a new trial. In State v. Jeremy Scott Nelson, the Court of Appeals maintained that the victim’s blood alcohol content should also be considered if the jury …Continue reading "Criminal Vehicular Homicide Victim’s Alcohol Consumption Relevant"