DWI Expungement

Prior to the enactment of the new expungement statute, DWI offenses were nearly impossible to expunge. Those that involved convictions did not qualify for a full expungement under the old pre-2015 statute; the court could not reach into executive branch records held...

What is “physical control” of a motor vehicle?

You don’t necessarily have to be driving your vehicle in order to receive a DWI, you can also be in “physical control” of it. But what exactly does being in “physical control” mean? Well that is the same difficult question many courts have faced. Mere presence in or...
I Blew Under .08.  Can I Still Be Charged With DWI?

I Blew Under .08. Can I Still Be Charged With DWI?

Surprisingly, yes you can. If you are pulled over and blow below the legal limit of .08, you can still be charged with DWI. Here’s how. Minnesota Statute 169A.20 states that a person may not drive, operate, or be in physical control of a motor vehicle when: they are...
The Cops Ran My Plates and Pulled Me Over – Is That Legal?

The Cops Ran My Plates and Pulled Me Over – Is That Legal?

Who knows?! The constitutionality of license plate readers has yet to be challenged head on. Federal courts have decided that scans by license plate readers are constitutional searches that do not require a warrant because the plates are out in public, plain view and...
How Much Could That Last Green Beer Cost You?

How Much Could That Last Green Beer Cost You?

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday steeped in tradition, from embracing Irish roots to dying the Chicago River Green. March 17th leaves many people with a new green shirt in their closet and some with a headache in the morning. Make no mistake, law enforcement is well...
My spouse got busted for DWI – do I need W plates?

My spouse got busted for DWI – do I need W plates?

If your spouse received a notice of plate impoundment, then you will probably need W plates. W plates are a special category of license plates in Minnesota. They are required to drive with a valid driver’s license, or limited license, during a period of license plate...
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