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Minnesota Supreme Court Rules DWI Forfeiture Statute Is Unconstitutional!

The Minnesota Supreme Court held today that the Minnesota DWI Forfeiture Statute is unconstitutional as applied to an “innocent owner” of the seized vehicle. In Olson v. One 1999 Lexus, the Court found that the forfeiture statute, which does not allow for a hearing until the underlying criminal case is resolved, is unconstitutional as to… Read more »

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Any Minnesota DWI Refusal Conviction For Failure To Submit To A Blood or Urine Test Must Be Vacated!

On August 22, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court held, in State v. Johnson, that all Minnesota DWI Refusal Convictions which are based upon the failure to submit to a blood or urine test must be vacated.  The reason  is that in 2016, the United States Supreme Court held, in Birchfield v. North Dakota, that blood… Read more »

Minnesota DWI Forfeiture Statute Declared Unconstitutional!

The Minnesota Court of Appeals held today that the DWI forfeiture statute is unconstitutional because the statute does not provide for a prompt hearing! The Minnesota DWI Forfeiture Statute § 169A.63, subd. 9(d) states:  “A judicial determination under this subdivision must be held at the earliest practicable date, and in any event no later than… Read more »

St. Patrick’s Day DWI Arrests in Minnesota Double Over Last Year!

Minnesota Star Tribune reports today law enforcement made 370 Minnesota DWI arrests over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The Minnesota DWI arrests were made between 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday. The number of Minnesota DWI arrests for this year’s holiday were more than double the arrests made last year when 175 Minnesota drivers… Read more »