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Charged with Refusing to Submit to a Chemical Test? Contact a Minneapolis DWI Lawyer

The case of Michelle MacDonald, a Minnesota Supreme Court candidate, highlights a possibility that all drivers face if they’re arrested for DWI. According to local news reports, MacDonald was recently convicted of “refusing to submit to a chemical test” following an incident in which she was pulled over by a police officer. Even though she …

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Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Looks at Recent Minnesota Supreme Court Rulings Involving Vehicle Impoundment and Searches

One of the issues I repeatedly look into as a┬áMinneapolis criminal defense attorney is evidence collection – more specifically, whether the evidence being held against you was obtained properly. Were you searched improperly? Were your assets seized in an unconstitutional way? Police may find something incriminating on your cell phone, in your car, or in …

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Resisted Arrest When Intoxicated? Consult with a Minneapolis DWI Lawyer

When people get arrested for alleged crimes involving intoxication, there’s a chance they might not comply with police officers. This can happen if they’re pulled over and arrested for DWI. It can also happen in other instances, such as a recent case where a man with a reported blood alcohol content (BAC) of .29 was …

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Minneapolis DWI Attorney: Police Allege Downtown Hit-And-Run Driver Had Been Drinking…But Had He?

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 …

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Federal Impaired Driving Survey Attracts Criticism

A nationwide effort by the federal government to determine how many motorists drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol is attracting some criticism for being invasive and possibly in violation of people’s constitutional rights. According to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the National Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving has been conducted every …

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MN Supreme Court Upholds ‘Implied Consent’ Law

On Oct. 23, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Minnesota’s “implied consent” law. This is a very big development in our state’s DWI law because it means that DWI law will, for the most part, continue its course; a decision the other way would have had great implications. “Implied consent” means that when motorists use Minnesota’s …

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Police GPS Tracking Device Constitutes Search Says U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late January that police attachments of GPS-tracking devices to automobiles are considered searches under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution in the case of United States v. Jones. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. Law enforcement cannot enter someone’s home and …

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