Understanding Vehicle Seizure & Forfeiture Laws for DWI in Minnesota

Receiving a DWI charge can be stressful enough, but what do you do when you also have to worry about getting your car back after a forfeiture or seizure? In some cases in Minnesota, being charged with a DWI can mean having your car seized by the arresting agency. So what are the specific situations […]

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High Speed Chase Part of Major Statewide DWI Crackdown in MN

A recent drunk driving crackdown in the state of Minnesota led officers to apprehend a man who was driving 128 miles-per-hour on a central Minnesota highway, according to a report from the Star Tribune. Not only was the man driving fast, though, he also had a 14-year-old boy in the vehicle. The man was unlicensed […]

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MN Convictions for Refusing Sobriety Tests Could be Overturned After Court Ruling

A recent ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court is throwing thousands of DWI convictions into jeopardy, according to a report from 5 Eyewitness News (KSTP). The convictions themselves are based on the refusal of defendants to submit to chemical impairment tests and ultimately, the court’s ruling could see numerous people have their records wiped. The […]

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Little Alan’s Law Takes Effect in Minnesota, Impacts Off-Road Vehicles

A new law taking effect today in Minnesota considerably impacts the operation of off-road vehicles in terms of DWI. Known as Little Alan’s Law, the measure was named after an 8-year-old who was struck and killed by someone operating a snowmobile in January. Under the new measure, those who have their licenses revoked via DWI […]

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Hopkins Man with One-Year-Old in Lap Charged with DWI

Getting caught allegedly driving drunk is bad enough, but with a minor in the car, the penalties can be even harsher. According to a report from KARE11, a 31-year-old Hopkins man got caught doing the latter – yet with an important distinction: He purportedly had a one-year-old in his lap who he as letting steer […]

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MN DPS Focused on Extra Enforcement During 100 Days of Summer

The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often noted for its high fatalities on roadways nationwide, and Minnesota is certainly no exception. The Minnesota DPS recently noted that the 100-day summertime stretch accounted for 34% of all statewide traffic fatalities during 2017 (findings were still preliminary). And unsurprisingly, the department is focused on […]

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DWI Courts in Minnesota: Eligibility, Processes, & Benefits

DWI courts in Minnesota have been noted for their stunning success rates, particularly in terms of reducing recidivism. In fact, the state currently has 16 of them, and that number could grow in the coming years. In 2014, the Minnesota DPS released a study showing the primary benefits: $700,000 per year in taxpayer savings, a […]

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Can You Still Be Charged if Your BAC is below .08% in Minnesota?

The blood alcohol level in Minnesota is set at .08, a number that’s commonly known by many drivers. However, under some circumstances, it is possible to still face drunk driving-related charges even if you’re under the legal limit, which is something the Minnesota Department of Public Safety admits. Here’s what you need to know: Zero Tolerance […]

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Snowmobile Incident Sparks New Debate Over Minnesota DWI Law

The Minnesota State House is considering imposing tougher penalties for those who drive drunk on ATVs and snowmobiles. The law’s consideration arrives after an allegedly intoxicated snowmobile driver caused a fatality in Chisago City. According to Rep Anne Neu of North Branch, who is the bill’s author, those who have been convicted of DWI for […]

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Minnesota Whiskey Plates for DUI: What You Need to Know

If you’ve been driving on Minnesota roadways for a while now, you may have noticed the plain-looking license plates with white backgrounds and blue fonts. These special registration plates are distinguished from others because their numbers start with a “W” – something that has earned them the nickname “whiskey” plates. They’re commonly displayed on vehicles […]

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