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What is a DWI Omnibus Hearing?

posted on September 15, 2022

DWI Omnibus Hearing In a DWI case, the omnibus hearing is usually the middle step. Most matters start with an arraignment, which is where you learn the charges against you and are advised of your rights in a criminal proceeding. After arraignment, most courts will set an omnibus hearing, which is sometimes called a pretrial […]

How to Beat a DWI

posted on July 28, 2022

Winning a DWI Case with a DWI Lawyer If you are charged with a DWI, a Minnesota DWI lawyer can help find effective defenses. Here are some general defenses that may be available. But, each case is unique and the availability and effectiveness of each defense depends on the facts of a particular case. Bad […]

What is a DWI?

posted on July 25, 2022

What is a DWI? In Minnesota, a DWI is a criminal offense of driving while impaired. Minnesota Statutes 169A.20 makes a crime to operate vehicles after consuming alcohol. What causes a DWI? A DWI can occur in multiple ways. It is a crime to drive a car or be in physical control of one with […]

What do my DWI breath test results mean?

posted on April 3, 2017

After an arrest for DWI, many people have questions about whether the tests were necessary and what they mean. Here is some information about how the testing occurs and what you should know about it. Why did I have to take two different breath tests for DWI? Often, the police will ask you to take […]

State v. Bernard: Minnesota DWI Test Refusal Upheld

posted on February 11, 2015

Minnesota DWI Test Refusal Law Upheld as Constitutional In State v. Bernard, the Minnesota Supreme Court considered whether a Minnesota law criminalizing refusal to take a DWI breath test was unconstitutional. The Court held that the law does not violate a person’s fundamental rights under the constitution, and the refusal law is a reasonable means to […]

Is DUI a Felony or Misdemeanor in Minnesota?

posted on November 1, 2014

In Minnesota, DWIs can range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the facts of the offense and the offender’s prior record. Here is some information about the ranges of DUI charges. What is a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony? Minnesota has three classes of crimes: misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony. The maximum punishment for the crime […]

Can you get a DUI without driving?

posted on November 1, 2014

Although the offense of DUI stands for driving under the influence, driving is not a requirement to get a DUI or DWI. Minnesota law makes it a crime to “drive, operate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle” while under the influence. While the terms “drive” and “operate” suggest a running car, the […]

What are DUI, DWI, and Drunk Driving?

posted on September 30, 2014

DUI, DWI, and Drunk Driving all refer to a class of crimes in Minnesota that make it illegal to drive while impaired by alcohol or other mood-altering substances. In other states, DUI and DWI may refer to separate crimes. However, Minnesota treats them all as Driving While Impaired. Common Questions About DUI, DWI, and Drunk […]

Side-By-Side Comparison of DUI vs. DWI

posted on September 29, 2014

What is the Difference Between DUI and DWI? In Minnesota, the terms DUI and DWI refer interchangeably to a class of crimes that make it illegal to drive while impaired. Even though the terms are used interchangeably, there are still many types of DWI charges. Here are the most common two: Driving While Impaired The […]

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