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What you should know about 'eSearch Warrants'

Here in Minnesota, law enforcement officers have to get a search warrant in order to require someone suspected of driving under the influence to have one's blood or urine tested. Further, it is a crime in itself to refuse a Breathalyzer test, regardless of whether a driver was indeed driving drunk. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that requirement to be constitutional.

Know your options for dealing with a drunk driving case

The penalties for drunk driving in Minnesota are fairly harsh. Even on a first conviction, you are looking at a 90-day jail term, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. On top of the criminal penalties that you face, you also have to think about administrative penalties that start out at 90 days without your driving privileges.

What are the limits to implied consent?

Many drivers may not know (or understand) Minnesota’s implied consent rules when it comes to seeking evidence in DWI cases. Basically, law enforcement agencies have a right to compel a driver who has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol to produce a sample of bodily fluid that may be tested to detect alcohol or other illegal substances.

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