S|E DWI Blog #1 – Harsher DWI penalties went into effect on August 1, 2015

Posted: August 6, 2015 Welcome to the first installment of the Sieben Edmunds DWI Blog Series!  We'll explore various aspects of DWI law in Minnesota in a series of weekly posts. Think twice before drinking and getting behind the wheel after August 1, 2015.  The Minnesota legislature recently changed the law regarding "aggravating factors" for DWIs.  […]

Domestic Violence – Are We Asking the Right Question?

After the recent release of a video showing former NFL running back Ray Rice hitting Janay Palmer, his then fiancé, I feel it is an important time to have some real dialogue about domestic violence.  The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women reports that at least 38 people were killed from domestic violence in 2013.  Of […]

DWI Blog Series – Part Five – The Limited License and Ignition Interlock

In 2012, the Minnesota Legislature increased the length of license revocations that accompany DWI charges. A few different factors can lead to an increased revocation period. They include: prior offenses, testing .16 or higher, child in the car, and refusal. A first time offender is now subject to a one year revocation if any of […]

DWI Blog Series – Part Four – Motor Vehicle Forfeitures

Minnesota statutes allow the government to forfeit, or take title to, your vehicle if you commit particular types of DWI offenses. Minnesota Statutes Chapter 169A.63 sets out the types of offenses that qualify for vehicle forfeiture. Contrary to popular belief, your vehicle can be forfeited in cases other than when you have two qualifying prior […]

DWI Blog Series – Part Three – DWI License Revocations

Minnesota Statute mandates immediate driver’s license revocation in many DWI cases. When a person submits to and fails a Datamaster breath test, or refuses testing, the license revocation is virtually immediate.   (a) Upon certification by the peace officer that there existed probable cause to believe the person had been driving, operating, or in physical […]

DWI Blog Series – Part Two – Minimum DWI Sentences

The Minnesota legislature has enacted laws that call for minimum DWI sentences in certain circumstances. Many prosecutors and judges take the viewpoint that the statutory minimum sentences are mandatory. It is the job of the DWI defense attorney to convince the prosecutors and courts to deviate from the minimum sentences and to give them a […]

DWI Blog Series – Part One – DWI Implied Consent

Welcome to the first installment of the Sieben Edmunds DWI Blog Series. This series will provide a basic overview of DWI law in Minnesota and then later we’ll get into some of the more specific and complicated aspects of DWI criminal defense.   Minnesota’s DWI laws are two-pronged. The county or city prosecutor will charge […]

Dakota County First Degree Burglary Case Dismissed

We just received an order from the Dakota County court dismissing all charges against our client in a First Degree Burglary case. Our client was charged with aiding and abetting an alleged burglary despite the fact that he didn’t participate in the crime in any way. We challenged the case on probable cause grounds arguing that the […]

Will Your DWI Alcohol Test Be Thrown Out? – McNeely & Brooks

DWI law in Minnesota is truly up in the air. On April 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Missouri v. McNeely and its impact is being felt all across the country, especially in Minnesota. The Court held that law enforcement had violated McNeely’s Constitutional rights by forcing a blood draw […]