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Driver's behavior was not suspicious enough (pt. 1)

When a police officer or Minnesota Highway Patrol trooper is driving along a street or highway, they are not permitted to stop anyone to check an see if they are committing a crime. Because of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 10 the Minnesota Constitution, the people of the state are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Accuracy of DWI field sobriety tests dependent on training

The best way to avoid a DWI in Minnesota is to never drink alcohol. Of course, this won't guarantee that you are never stopped by the police and charged with a DWI. Other factors could create the impression with a law enforcement officer that you are intoxicated or impaired, including fatigue or the use of over-the-counter or prescription medication, or other drugs.

Does Minnesota have mandatory minimum sentences for DWI?

Short answer: yes. Minnesota law calls for mandatory minimum sentences in specific situations involving drunk driving charges. But with proper legal representation, it may be possible to significantly reduce the negative consequences.

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