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All Minnesota DWI Blood Or Urine Tests Obtained By A Search Warrant After July 1, 2017 Are Inadmissible As The Procedure Violates A Defendant’s Pre-test Right To Counsel!

In the published case of State v. Hunn, 899 N.W.2d 541, Minn.App., June 19, 2017, review granted in part (Sep 19, 2017), the Court of Appeals held that there is no pre-test right to counsel when the police fail to read the Minnesota Implied Consent Advisory.  But the case contains great language concerning Friedman and… Read more »

The Minnesota Supreme Court Rules That Not All Hazardous Substances Violate the Minnesota DWI Law!

Minnesota DWI Lawyer F. T. Sessoms writes that the Minnesota DWI Case Of The Week is State v. Carson (Decided October 11, 2017, Minnesota Supreme Court) which stands for the proposition that if a dangerous substance is not listed as a “hazardous substance” in the DWI statute, a person under the influence of the substance… Read more »

Driver Charged With Killing Police Officer Had Cocaine In Her System.

The Minnesota Star Tribune reports today that the woman accused of hitting and killing a Wayzata police officer with her car had cocaine in her system at the time of the accident. Beth Freeman is charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide as the result of the September accident which killed Wayzata Police Officer… Read more »

Over 2500 DWI Arrests Were Made Over The Holidays!

Law enforcement officers arrested 2,502 people in Minnesota for DWI between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day, according to a report in today’s Star Tribune.  The sweep included the arrest of a 29 year-old woman who has managed to rack up seven dwi arrests within the past 10 years (Well done, indeed!). According to the Tribune,… Read more »

Extra DWI Patrols Over The Holidays

The Minnesota Star Tribune reports that the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will be putting extra DWI patrols on the road throughout the holidays until January 2, 2016.  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety also reports that extra police patrols will be done statewide. Christmas is the second-deadliest holiday for drunk-driving fatalities and with that in mind,… Read more »

Cops Go Undercover To Catch Texting Drivers!

Drug dealers are not the only ones who need to worry about undercover police as the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports today the Minnesota State Patrol has placed five unmarked squad cars into service in the past week to watch for people texting while driving. Distracted driving has become a major problem on Minnesota roads as “last… Read more »

Police Arrest Over 1500 DWI Offenders In Late Summer Crackdown

The Minnesota Star Tribune reports today that from August 21st through September 7th of this year, law enforcement officials arrested 1513 individuals for DWI in Minnesota.  Five deaths in alcohol-related crashes also occurred during this same period of time. The St. Paul police made the most arrests with 47, followed by Minneapolis with 42 arrests,… Read more »

DWI Arrests Over The Labor Day Weekend Were Up Over Last Year!

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that during this year’s Labor Day weekend of September 4th through 7th, 462 people were arrested for drunk driving.  In 2014, the Labor Day weekend total was only 395 arrests.  This year, over 300 law enforcement agencies participated in a stepped-up program of traffic enforcement in order to apprehend… Read more »