Earlier this month, it was learned that Michelle L. MacDonald, a candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court, was arrested on suspicion of DWI almost a year ago. The Rosemount woman will go to trial Sept. 15. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that MacDonald was pulled over around 11:15 p.m. the night of April 5, 2013. …Continue reading "Minneapolis DWI Attorney: Minnesota Supreme Court Nominee Charged With DWI"
Earlier this month, a man was arrested on suspicion of DWI after police thought he had been involved in a hit-and-run-collision. According to CBS Minnesota, the accident occurred in downtown Minneapolis around 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 8. By the time police arrived a matter of minutes after the collision at South Washington Avenue and …Continue reading "Minneapolis DWI Attorney: Police Allege Downtown Hit-And-Run Driver Had Been Drinking…But Had He?"
When motorists think about DWI, chances are they’re thinking about driving under the influence of alcohol, or perhaps some illegal substance like marijuana or cocaine. The truth is, and as absurd as it appears on the surface, in Minnesota, you can be arrested for driving after having used drugs legally prescribed by your doctor. The …Continue reading "Minneapolis DWI Attorney: You Can Be Arrested for Driving with Prescription Drugs in Your System"
News of a rather unusual DWI arrest in out-state Minnesota reached the Twin Cities last week. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a 28-year-old woman has been charged with two felony counts of DWI in Clay County after she was pulled over and police allegedly found Jell-O shots in her pocket. The woman has …Continue reading "Minneapolis DWI Attorney: DWI Suspect Had Jell-O Shots In Her Pocket"
Memorial Day weekend is a time for camping, barbecue, swimming, boating, fishing and even a little drinking. All those things we Minnesotans love to do. These days a holiday weekend also means that there will be a greater police presence. Many people won’t dare to venture out on a holiday weekend. An expectation of slower …Continue reading "Holiday weekends often end with a phone call to a Minneapolis DWI Lawyer"
“Social host ordinances” refer to laws that hold people (i.e. hosts) liable if they over-serve alcohol to guests who later get in trouble for being drunk. Social host ordinances have attracted some criticism, since it can be argued that they shift responsibility from the individual to another, but a recent report from the Minneapolis Star …Continue reading "Minneapolis DWI Lawyer: ‘Social Host Ordinances’ Have Positive Effect, Paper Finds"
A man who served briefly as Minnesota’s U.S. Senator is engaged in a battle with Twin Cities authorities over his vehicle, which was seized after the relative who was driving it was arrested on suspicion of DWI and other offenses. Dean Barkley, who was appointed by then-Gov. Jesse Ventura to finish out the term of …Continue reading "Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer: Former Senator’s Vehicle Confiscated After Relative’s Drug, DWI Arrest"
According to an explanation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, research into a standardized method for officers to use when evaluating drivers suspected of drunk driving began in the mid-1970s. By 1981, law enforcement officers were using a Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) in order to help make arrest decisions regarding drivers believed to have …Continue reading "Minneapolis DWI Lawyer Discusses Field Sobriety Tests"
MNsure, Minnesota’s agency for state-provided health insurance, has been in the news a lot lately thanks to website glitches and concerning enrollment numbers. Recently, though, it was on the front page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune for a different reason — its interim CEO, Scott Leitz, was arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of DWI. Leitz …Continue reading "MNsure Interim CEO Accused of DWI in Minneapolis"
In March, the Minnesota Court of Appeals handed down a decision that some criminal law experts found unusual. The court found that a defendant can be charged with refusing to submit to a breath test if the arresting officer thinks there is enough evidence for a warrant — even if a warrant is never obtained. …Continue reading "Appeals Court Reaches Puzzling Decision In Breath-Test Refusal Case"