As in the past years, authorities are expecting a spike in Minnesota DWI arrests this springtime. According to Lakeville Police Chief Thomas Vonhof, the week of April 7 to 14 alone saw his police forces respond to 10 traffic crashes and 127 traffic stops.
Statewide, DWI arrests are expected to still intensify this spring as Minnesota’s Operation NightCAP continues to be enforced. As reported by the Hutchinson Leader last year, the program is targeting the state’s 13 “deadliest counties” for impaired driving by increasing DWI patrols on the following areas: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Itasca, Olmsted, Ramsey, Rice, St. Louis, Scott, Stearns, Washington and Wright.
While increasing public road safety is always a laudable act, the quality of enforcement during these DWI patrols remains a serious question. Unfair stops and inappropriate arrests still happen on an alarmingly regular basis, and with an increased focus on these 13 counties, motorists in the area should increase their vigilance and know their rights.
A traffic stop by any roving officer should be backed by a reasonable suspicion of a crime having been committed. Similarly, an arrest or charge should have probable cause to be valid. Oftentimes, field sobriety tests are used as basis of these arrests but time and again, many of these tests are conducted incorrectly resulting in invalid and thrown out charges. Simply put, strict procedures and guidelines are in place to protect citizens’ rights in a situation as this, and the failure to follow even just one item is enough cause to question a DWI charge.
If faced with a Minnesota DWI charge, a Minneapolis DWI defense lawyer should be immediately called in to handle the case and set up the discovery and collection of evidence to prop up the defense. What few people realize is that many Minnesota drunk driving or impaired driving cases end up getting thrown out or reduced because a Minnesota DWI defense lawyer is able to successfully challenge the validity of State evidence and the procedures.
The key to increasing the chances of dismissal or charge reduction is not to delay the hiring of an experienced drunk driving lawyer. Given the grave penalties for even a first Minnesota DWI offense, the legal counsel of a qualified attorney can spell the difference between freedom and a permanent DWI record.
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