Driving While High

Driving While High

“I’m just smoking weed tonight, I’ll be your designated driver.” Perhaps you or a friend has said this before. The problem is that one can still get a DWI if he or she is smoking weed, even without drinking a drop of alcohol. In Minnesota, marijuana is an illegal...
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...
What You Can and Cannot Do on Your Phone While Driving

What You Can and Cannot Do on Your Phone While Driving

First of all, if you are reading this while driving, PLEASE STOP. You should never do anything while driving that could distract and put you at risk of an accident. We are all guilty of this on some level. Changing the radio station or talking with passengers while...
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...
What is a limited license and how do I get one?

What is a limited license and how do I get one?

A limited license, otherwise commonly known as a “work permit,” is an option for people to drive who have had their privileges withdrawn. Faced with the prospect of not being able to drive for an extended period of time, a limited license is a great option for a lot...
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...
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