If you've been charged with DWI, you're probably scared, frustrated and stressed out. When your emotions are high, it's hard to know what steps to take. You may hear that your charge is a misdemeanor and wonder if you should just plead guilty and get it over with. Is hiring a lawyer really going to help -- or will you just end up with a costly legal bill?
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the impending decision by the federal government to enact an ignition interlock program. The rule would function in a similar way to the drinking age law: each state would have the ability to reject the rule, but if they did, they would lose federal funding. The rule would force drunk driving offenders, even first-time offenders, to use an ignition interlock for at least six months if they wanted to keep driving after their arrest.
In this age of online activity, it would be difficult to find someone who did not participate in social media in some shape or form. Especially when it comes to Facebook, one of the most prolific online networking sites, everyone from teenagers to grandparents in Minnesota and around the world seem to be involved.
Drunk driving laws are something that is in the control of the states. This gives states the flexibility to mold their DWI laws to what they think will be best for their citizens. What one state views as the best DWI policy may be quite different from what another state sees as best. Thus, unsurprisingly, the types of charges that a person can face for drunk driving, the potential sentences and penalties for drunk driving and the types of things that can cause a person to face enhanced charging or sentencing in relation to drunk driving can vary quite a bit from state to state.
Immediately after being charged for drunk driving, people may not fully understand what a conviction could mean for them. As we've previously indicated on this blog, the penalties for a drunk driving charge aren’t limited to the sentence handed down by a judge. Being convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol can also be devastating for a person's professional life, and the importance of this topic merits further discussion.
Every year, thousands of Minnesotans use the Halloween holiday -- and adjacent weekends -- as a reason to get together with friends and loved ones. In order to prepare for the occasion, some people put forward a significant effort to assemble the perfect costume.