Must the police read Miranda rights during a DWI stop? Anyone who has watched enough police procedural shows knows that reading the suspect his or her Miranda rights is a crucial part of any arrest. In spite of the fact that these warnings are frequently portrayed as essential to the arrest, with the lack of…

After being stopped on suspicion of DWI, those suspected of gross misdemeanor or felony DWI may be detained and transported directly to jail. The time spent in jail is pending an appearance in court. Unfortunately, a person arrested without a warrant may spend four or more days in jail before appearing in court, which can…

Even for first-time offenders, a conviction for driving while impaired (DWI) in Minnesota carries severe consequences. Even if a person convicted of DWI avoids jail time, they may still be haunted by other consequences. There is no definitive answer to the question, “What is the punishment for a first DWI in Minnesota?” In Minnesota, not…

If you have been arrested or convicted for driving under the influence (DWI) in Minnesota, you are already aware of the severe penalties associated with these charges. In addition to possible jail time and fines, a DWI can result in the loss of driving privileges within the state. Loss of driving privileges can have negative…

According to Minnesota Statute 169A.63, when a vehicle is used to commit a crime, including driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses, it can be forfeited. This means that the arresting agency has the authority to seize and forfeit the vehicle in certain DWI cases. If the owner does not recover the vehicle, the agency may sell…

At the end of the day, there is no other criminal offense comparable to a DWI in which people from all walks of life face the possibility of facing criminal charges at some point in their lives. In Minnesota, a relatively small amount of alcohol can result in a person being “over the limit” for…

When arresting someone for DWI in Minnesota, the entire process can be overwhelming and confusing. Almost always, the person is asked a number of questions, requested to perform field sobriety tests, requested to submit to a PBT, arrested, transported to a police station, and then (presumably) read their rights before being asked to take a…

If you’ve spent much time driving in Minnesota, you may have noticed a few vehicles with plain white license plates with black or blue lettering, with the letter W always appearing first. These are often referred to as “whiskey plates.” Individuals who have been involved in certain DWI/DUI incidents in Minnesota are required to display…

A police officer cannot detain you arbitrarily under Minnesota and United States law. Typically, a police officer requires “reasonable suspicion” to initiate a traffic stop. Reasonable suspicion entails that the officer has grounds for suspecting criminal activity. It does not necessarily imply that criminal activity is occurring, only that there are indications that criminal activity…

A person can be convicted of DWI under Minnesota law if he or she is driving, operating, or in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance or alcohol. Cases involving the operation or driving of a motor vehicle are relatively straightforward. Physical control cases are significantly more complicated….

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