The details reported about a recent arrest in Minneapolis highlights some of the complexities of DUI cases.
In the early morning hours one Saturday, a driver went off the road. Her car subsequently got stuck in some snow beside railroad tracks. A train came along and couldn’t stop in time to avoid a collision. Fortunately, the driver of the stuck car wasn’t hurt. But police did arrest her for suspicion of DUI.
Someone can get arrested for suspicion of DUI even if the Breathalyzer test shows that their blood alcohol content is below the legal limit of .08 (keep in mind though, that for drivers under the age of 21 there’s zero tolerance for alcohol, so the Breathalyzer must show (0). Even when people pass a Breathalyzer test, they can get arrested if police suspect they were driving in an impaired way.
Some of the questions to ask yourself about this case include the following:
- Did the driver pass the Breathalyzer test?
- What evidence is there that alcohol actually contributed to the collision?
- Aside from intoxication, what other factors could have contributed to the collision? (e.g. an icy patch on the road)
One of the reasons you need strong legal representation for a DUI case is the possibility of multiple interpretations for many kinds of incidents. Even if the driver has been drinking, there isn’t always evidence that the drinking contributed to their mishap on the road.
When you enlist the services of an experienced Minneapolis DWI attorney, you’ll be working with an attorney who will advocate for you in the legal system and scrutinize all of the details of your case. Given the potentially serious consequences of a DUI arrest, it’s advisable to contact us for advice and legal support.