If you are of legal age, you have every right to go out for a celebratory night with your buddies, enjoy a few beers while you watch the game and relax at a party. However, sometimes a good night out can lead to problems on the way home. Driving under the influence can come with severe consequences, but you may find yourself accused even if your blood alcohol concentration was under the legal limit. No system is perfect, and whether you are innocent or guilty, you should never blindly trust law enforcement officers without an attorney representing your side.
It's Friday night. The party died down in the wee hours of the morning and you set out for home in your car. It's been a few hours since you've consumed any alcohol and you don't feel intoxicated. As you cruise down the highway, thinking about the admirer you just met, red and blue lights flash brightly in your review mirror. Your heart leaps into your throat but you pull over to the side.
If you follow this blog, you know that we have been tracking the recent evolution of drunk driving mandates - especially in terms of implied consent laws. The laws are subject to possible change this year, as this previous blog explains: The future of blood-alcohol tests in Minnesota.
Did you have a good St. Patrick's Day? You do not have to be Irish in Minnesota to partake in the festivities, as nearly all Twin Cities residents celebrate this jovial holiday. Last week, streets were overflowing with green: green clothing, green food and green beer. Drinking is a staple of this Irish celebration. Every bar from Kieran's to O'Gara's was packed with imbibers.
Thanksgiving is done, but we still have a few other holidays in sight. Besides friends and family, nothing is more warming during the winter freeze than peppermint schnapps, hot cider or eggnog with a little bourbon. However, if you decide to get your jolly "buzz" on during this holiday season, please be careful. According to the Pioneer Press, over 300 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will be working long hours to crack down on drunk driving during the next few weeks.
Did you know that the state of Minnesota recently stiffened penalties for mid-level drunk driving offenses?