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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Q&A: Why Doesn’t Minnesota Have DWI/Sobriety Checkpoints?

Many people have asked, “Does Minnesota have DUI checkpoints?” The answer is no. In fact, Minnesota is among 10 states that do not permit DWI/sobriety checkpoints. In other states where permissible, sometimes law enforcement will utilize such checkpoints to question and vet every driver on particular roadways – examining vehicle occupants for probable cause. Without […]

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In Perspective: The Adrian Peterson Case

Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings is making all the news headlines this year, but they’re not highlighting his achievements on the football field. Instead, the star running back is facing media scrutiny after being indicted in September of reckless or negligent injury to a child. The 2012 NFL MVP has admitted to disciplining his […]

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Peculiar DUI Charge Overturned by South Dakota Supreme Court

A South Dakotan man can rest a bit easier now that his DUI conviction dating back to September of 2012 has been overturned. According to an Associated Press report in July, Donald Nekolite, 54, was initially charged after accidentally placing his truck in neutral, causing it to slide backwards into another vehicle within close proximity. […]

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New MN Drug Courts Mean More Rehab, Less Jail Time

Minnesota is set to experience a drastic increase in the number of drug courts throughout the state. The state’s judicial branch will open a total of six new drug courts, all law tribunals dedicated to dealing with cases involving non-violent drug or alcohol offenders. Typically, drug courts emphasize rehabilitation rather than jail time – instead […]

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Court: Anonymous 911 Tips Don’t Violate Unreasonable Search or Seizure

An April ruling from the U.S. Supreme could change how drivers are pulled over. Although the decision was close, the court ruled 5 to 4 that law enforcement officers are allowed to pull over drivers based on anonymous tips they receive from phone calls – even if they don’t observe suspicious driving themselves. The court’s […]

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An F.A.Q. on BUI – Boating Under the Influence

Often times in the world of alcohol-related offenses, attention is highly focused on DUI’s and DWI’s – and rightly so. However, there is a lesser-known offense called “Boating Under the Influence,” meaning that you can also be arrested for operating a watercraft while intoxicated. Boating Under the Influence – Minnesota Law The consequences of boating […]

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MN Lawmakers No Longer Exempt from DUI/DWI Arrests

A state provision that gave Minnesota lawmakers immunity from arrest during legislative sessions has been reversed. The Minnesota House voted to repeal the clause, otherwise known as the “immunity card,” something that made it unclear as to whether or not lawmakers could be arrested on the suspicion of drunk driving while the state house or […]

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Winona County Bus Driver Charged with DWI

A school bus driver was charged with a third-degree DWI after crashing into a tree while children were on board his bus. Winona County authorities stated that the driver, Karl Herber (age 54) was under the influence while driving five children from the Lewiston-Altura School District. After picking the children up, he left the road […]

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