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DWI in 2014

The holiday season is here! Unfortunately, this is also the season where drunk driving is more likely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts 728 people will be killed or injured from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. That is one sobering statistic. 1/3 of car crash fatalities in Minnesota are caused from driving while impaired. Minnesota is strengthening DWI penalties in hopes of decreasing this number in 2014.

Whiskey plates in Minnesota

Restricted use plates, often referred to as “whiskey plates,” are a not-so-uncommon sight to see on Minnesota highways and streets. The plates start with the letter “W” to indicate the alcohol-related offense. As of June 2012, there were over 16,000 whiskey plates in circulation in the state of Minnesota.

What Happens After Your DWI Arrest in Minnesota (Part A)

If you are arrested for a DWI, you may face serious penalties that include fines, a drivers' license revocation, license plate impoundment, vehicle forfeiture and the possibility for jail time. You may be able to fight your DWI charge to avoid these penalties. Therefore, it is important to know what happens after a DWI, and what will be required of you.

What Happens After Your DWI Arrest in Minnesota (Part B)

The Suppression Hearing

If your defense lawyer believes that certain evidence should be suppressed, then he or she may request a suppression hearing. In Minnesota, this is called an Omnibus Hearing. At this hearing, the court may suppress any evidence that was gathered in violation of your rights.