Minnesota takes DWI very seriously, A conviction carries punishments and long-term effects you do not want, from serving time in jail to losing your license to forfeiting your vehicle.
Whether you have a previous conviction or this is your first DWI arrest, you can and should provide a vigorous defense in court.
How can you defend yourself in court?
There is more than one way to question, discredit and beat your DWI charges. From the initial stop to gathering evidence, law enforcement has the burden of executing every step of the process flawlessly. Any error they make, no matter how big or how small, can result in the dismissal of your case.
What are some common issues in a DWI arrest?
Some common issues that can come into question and provide an opportunity for your defense are:
Law enforcement must have probable cause to pull you over. If they cannot provide proof of probable cause your stop is not valid and may result in a dismissal.
Law enforcement must be properly trained in order to perform an appropriate field test. If you took a breath test, the device must be properly calibrated and administered. Officers must handle and test blood and urine in a timely and accurate fashion. Any mistake in the sobriety test can be cause for dismissal.
Minnesota’s implied consent law imposes mandatory sentencing for anyone who refuses a sobriety test. If you tried to cooperate with the test but were later accused of refusing, you must defend yourself.
If you are facing DWI charges in Minnesota you have the right to defend yourself in court.