In late 2013, between November 27th and December 31st, various law enforcement agencies in Minnesota undertook an enhanced DWI campaign, stepping up enforcement of DWI laws. As recently reported in various media outlets, within that period of time they made 2,453 arrests. The total number of DWI arrests in Minnesota for 2013 was 24,551 (but, as the information is still being collected and analyzed, is estimated to be closer to 26,000).
Through September of this year, there will be periods of time when extra DWI patrols are out on the road in 25 Minnesota counties, as a result of an enforcement program that’s federally funded. In addition to this enforcement program, there’s also a tendency to have extra patrols on days that are known for heavier drinking, including holidays such as the Fourth of July.
Your best bet to avoiding a DWI arrest is of course to not drive while intoxicated; it’s also the best way to reduce your risk of an accident and keep yourself and other people safe on the road.
That said, if you do get arrested for a DWI, you need to have strong legal representation. A DWI conviction could result in jail time, fines, driver’s license revocation, and an addition to your criminal record; for drivers under the age of 21, there’s a zero tolerance policy, so that even if you don’t have a blood alcohol content of at least .08%, which is the legal threshold for older drivers, you could still get charged. On top of this, you may have additional criminal charges filed against you – for instance, in the event that you were involved in an accident harmful to human life or damaging to property.
A reputable Minneapolis DWI attorney will ensure that you’re being treated fairly by the legal system and fight for you to receive the most favorable outcome possible. Law enforcement agencies intend to keep the roads safer through a greater number of DWI arrests; at the same time, they’re still obligated to treat each suspect fairly and collect evidence that’s sound and follows the proper legal protocols. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your DWI case.