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...
Can the cops take my car if I wasn’t driving drunk?

Can the cops take my car if I wasn’t driving drunk?

Yes. First of all, vehicles can be forfeited for a number of non-DWI-related crimes, but that’s a subject for another time. Under the Minnesota DWI forfeiture statute, a motor vehicle is subject to forfeiture if used in the commission of a designated DWI offense,...
There’s no squad video, so will my case be thrown out?

There’s no squad video, so will my case be thrown out?

Highly unlikely. Over the past decade or two, dashboard-mounted police squad vehicle cameras have proliferated across Minnesota law enforcement agencies. Accordingly, squad video has become common evidence in cases involving traffic stops. But just because squad video...
Can I get a DWI while riding a bike?

Can I get a DWI while riding a bike?

No, as long as we’re talking about a push-pedal bike and not a motorbike. Minnesota DWI/DUI laws only criminalize driving, operating, or being in physical control of motor vehicles. Under Minnesota law, motor vehicles are those that are self-propelled or propelled by...

Lower Minnesota DWI Threshold Effective August 2015

A threshold between Misdemeanor and Gross Misdemeanor DWI charges will be lowered in August 2015. The “legal limit” for alcohol in Minnesota is .08. In other words, one way the state can prove a DWI is through a test of a driver’s blood, breath, or urine. If the test...
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