The Minnesota State Patrol is reminding motorists to use caution after a trooper’s squad car was struck as he conducted a DWI stop in St. Paul.
An experienced St. Paul drunk driving defense lawyer should always be called to handle a Minnesota DWI charge; never is that more true than in the wake of an accident. In several notable cases nationwide, a drunk driving defendant has faced manslaughter or homicide charges after another driver struck and killed a law enforcement officer during a DUI stop. No way would a motorist be charged after being stopped for speeding in a case where another motorist struck and killed a trooper. But, when the charge is drunk driving, all bets are off.
We certainly hope this trooper enjoys a speedy recovery. And we encourage all motorists to move over and slow down when approaching stopped law enforcement vehicles.
KARE 11 reports 16 squad cars have been hit since the beginning of the year.
Of course, most drunk driving accidents in Minnesota do not involve a law enforcement officer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports alcohol was involved in one-third of the fatal accidents reported in Minnesota in 2009, accounting for 141 of the state’s 421 traffic deaths.
Unfortunately, objective investigation into the cause of an accident too often ends when law enforcement officers at the scene determine — or believe they have determined — or think they might have determined — that one of the drivers has been drinking.
Seeking the advice of a qualified Minnesota criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling DUI accidents in Minneapolis-St. Paul is critical to protecting your rights. We encourage you to seek legal representation at the earliest possible stage of a case. Have family members or relatives assist you in taking photographs of the scene. Have them write down the names and phone number of witnesses whenever possible.
In some states, defending a client against charges stemming from a drunk driving accident involves contesting both the allegation that the driver was intoxicated, and the allegation that he or she was to blame for causing the accident. Furthermore, in those cases, independent accident reconstruction may be conducted. In all cases, if the state fails to prove either allegation, you will not be convicted of the most serious charges associated with a drunk driving crash.
Charged with drunk driving in the Twin Cities? Call the Kans Law Firm, LLC at (888) 972-6060 for a free case review