We hear people talk about getting fingerprinted for a variety of reasons. But where do these fingerprints go? And when does someone need to get fingerprinted? Fingerprinting data is sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The BCA compiles fingerprints and other identification data into a criminal database to facilitate connecting individuals to crimes. Fingerprinting data will stay within...
If you are driving in Anoka County during the late evening hours, you may notice more police on the road than usual. This is because several local police departments in Anoka County have received DWI Enforcement Grants. The DWI Enforcement Grant Program provides local police with additional funding to combat driving while intoxicated. These new grants are effective from October...
While there are small modifications made each year to our laws here in Minnesota, this year comes with some more impactful changes. The changes themselves might appear small, but their impact on individuals charged with DWI are huge. While this blog specifically addresses the changes made regarding ignition interlock, you can read about other impactful DWI law changes on our...
While there are small modifications made each year to our laws here in Minnesota, this year comes with some more impactful changes. The changes themselves might appear small, but their impact on individuals charged with DWI are huge. While this blog specifically addresses the changes made regarding vehicle forfeitures, you can read about other impactful DWI law changes on our...
Whiskey plates are the scarlet letters of DWIs. Minnesota is one of only two states that require special registration plates (whiskey plates) after a DWI—the other state is Ohio. The Minnesota legislature passed a new law on July 1, 2021, that says you can remove whiskey plates IF you get ignition interlock in your vehicle. Ignition interlock is a machine...
Did you know that on Cinco de Mayo, you are celebrating the Mexican Army’s defeat over the French at the Battle of Pueblo?! In reality, Cinco De Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage, and for many, to consume margaritas. As many of you have learned the hard way, tequila can lead to some poor decision making. After...
You ever have a discussion with a lawyer and hear the words “reasonable suspicion” and “probable cause”? I am sure this left you wondering what exactly does “reasonable suspicion” or “probable cause” even mean? This is a common question, especially in the DWI/DUI context. Both reasonable suspicion and probable cause are used—sometimes interchangeably—when referring to a DWI. However, there is...
There are three levels of DWI in Minnesota—misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony. How is the level of a DWI determined? Typically, a first-time DWI in Minnesota is classified as a misdemeanor—which means up to 90 days in jail. A second or third offense in 10 years is typically a gross misdemeanor—which means up to one year in jail. However, there...
Driving while impaired (“DWI”), or sometimes referred to as “DUI,” comes with various consequences, including both administrative and criminal. And as with other crimes, the severity of such consequences increase with repeat offenses, which means they are enhanceable crimes. Administrative Consequences Administrative consequences are imposed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. They are imposed shortly after the DWI/DUI arrest...
At different times in one’s life you or someone you know may be negatively affected by alcohol. You are not alone. Understanding the impact of alcohol misuse or abuse — not only on your life but on the lives of those around you — is the first step to getting back on track. Statistics show the impact that alcohol has...
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