Should the Crime of “Driving” While Impaired Include “Physical Control”?

While all States have impaired driving crimes, there are different variations of abbreviations used for them, including DUI, DWI, OWI, OUI, DWAI, and others.  One of the problems with using these abbreviations is that people eventually equate “DWI” or “DUI” solely with “driving” while impaired.  Many people do not realize that the term “DWI” in… Read more »

DWI Confusion: How Much is Too Much?

After drinking a little one night, you see the red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror and you worry that you might be in trouble. That’s when you ask yourself if you drank too much to be driving. There is a lot of confusion behind DWI law. Even the name can be confusing… Read more »

The Impact of the McNeely Decision on Minnesota DWI Law

On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision of Missouri v. McNeely. This decision has the opportunity to have a direct impact on Minnesota DWI law in years to come. While the extent of the impact is not yet known, we will be arguing that that this decision could be the… Read more »

Representative Huntley to Plead Guilty to DWI

State Representative Tom Huntley has released a statement that he was arrested early in February on suspicion of driving while drunk and he intends on pleading guilty to the charge. Huntley admitted to being arrested on February 2, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Huntley says he was driving on Highway 6 in the Deerwood… Read more »

Is Segwaying While Intoxicated a Crime?

So if you drove your Segway to a bar, got drunk, and then decided to jump on your Segway and drive it home, is it a crime? Driving a boat or an ATV while drunk is a crime, so where does a Segway fall? In January, the Minnesota Court of Appeals determined that driving a… Read more »

High School Athletic Director Pleads Guilty to DWI

Lakeville North High School’s athletic and activities director, 47-year-old Robert Lornez Ertl, pleaded guilty to gross-misdemeanor DWI in Dakota County District Court. This plea comes after Ertl was arrested with a blood alcohol concentration of .13. After entering his plea, the judge immediately sentenced him to a year in jail, but she stayed the sentence… Read more »

Final DWI Numbers Are In For December

The numbers are in after the Minnesota State Patrol cracked down on drinking and driving throughout the entire month of December. In the month of December, a total of 2,500 impaired drivers were arrested throughout the state. The number is slightly down from the 2,600 arrests that were made in 2011 due to the statewide… Read more »

Over 1300 December DWI Arrests So Far in Minnesota

So far in December, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety says that there have been 1300 people arrested for DWI. The increase in arrests comes after the Minnesota State Patrol started working overtime in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign in order to prevent drunk drivers from causing injuries… Read more »

Man Arrested in Lakeville on Fifth DUI

A man who was arrested four months ago for felony drunk driving has once again been charged with felony DUI. This time he has been arrested in Lakeville. 22-year-old Elliot Alexander Williams has been charged with first-degree DWI. If convicted, he faces up to 7 years in prison and $14,000 in fines. The minimum sentence… Read more »

Man Arrested for DWI Twice in 24 Hours

A man was arrested for DWI in Stearns County twice within a 24 hour period. In fact, he was arrested twice in 21 hours. Sheriff’s deputies say that the 20-year-old male was arrested at 3:30 a.m. in the Waite Park area after a routine traffic stop for speeding. It was found that he was intoxicated…. Read more »