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Crime-Lab Errors Show Impact of Effective DWI Counsel

Errors in more than 100 Driving While Intoxicated cases at a local crime lab resulted in the lab reporting too-high levels of blood alcohol, a local online news source recently reported. The scandal points up the importance of having a dedicated criminal attorney mount a vigorous DWI or DUI defense if you are accused of this crime.

As Minnesota online news service ABCnewspapers.com reported, personnel at the Anoka County Sheriff's Office tri-county crime lab -- which also handles cases for Wright and Sherbourne counties -- made a math error in calculating blood alcohol in 111 cases. The error inflated blood-alcohol levels in tested urine by about one-third.

Motor Vehicle Forfeiture in Minnesota

If you are convicted of a DUI/DWI charge, you may face not only jail time and large fines, but also administrative penalties such as a revocation of your license and the forfeiture of your motor vehicle.

In Minnesota, if you are arrested for DWI/DUI under certain circumstances, the arresting police officer has the right to seize your vehicle at the time of the arrest. If your vehicle is seized, the prosecuting attorney can then serve a notice of intent to seek a forfeiture of your motor vehicle.

Minnesota DUI Do's and Don’ts

Stopped by an officer while driving - and at risk for getting an alcohol-related driving charge? Here's some tips to consider.

Penalties for DUI/DWI Convictions in Minnesota

In Minnesota, the charges and penalties associated with a DUI/DWI conviction depend upon a number of factors.  These factors are called “aggravating factors” and they influence your case by subjecting you to harsher charges, sentences and/or mandatory minimum sentences. 

Had Too Many to Drive? Don’t Sleep It Off Inside the Car!

Did you know that you could get a DWI/DUI even if you have not been driving? According to Minnesota law, it is unlawful for “any person to drive, operate, or be in physical control of a motor vehicle” while under the influence of alcohol or with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more. [Minn. Stat. § 169A.20, subd. 1(1), (5).]