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Implied consent law has new wrinkle thanks to Supreme Court

We've talked about implied consent on this blog before, and what it means for all drivers in the state of Minnesota if they are accused of driving under the influence. However, a recent ruling by the Supreme Court changes the way the rule is interpreted, and it has a profound affect on people who were looking to challenge a certain aspect to the rule.

Police must act properly during course of DUI investigation

Imagine that the police pull you over one night. You were drinking previously, but you don't think you had enough to put you over the legal limit of 0.08. The police approach your vehicle and ask you to roll down your window. When this happens, the police smell a scent of alcohol, and they begin their typical procedures for investigating someone who may by intoxicated behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Will stronger penalties for DUI really reduce drunk driving?

A DWI task force in the state of Minnesota wants lawmakers to increase the penalties on people who are accused of committing a driving while intoxicated offense, and they also want to lower the threshold at which police and prosecutors can file stronger charges against an accused DWI offender -- even if it is just the individual's first offense.

DWI crackdown in Minnesota sees uptick in arrests

Did you know that for at least the past two years, Minnesota State Police have been conducting major drunk driving crackdowns from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve? Yes, patrols have been increased during this window, and the statistics that these crackdowns have revealed will certainly prove useful to many people and organizations.

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