The Minnesota Legislature is attempting MN DWI vehicle forfeiture laws. Last summer, a law went into effect allowing drivers to get their vehicles back, after they have been seized from a DWI-related offense, if they became program participants in Minnesota’s Ignition Interlock Program – routinely called the ignition interlock exception. This exception became a major…

The Minnesota Legislature is busy working to amend MN DWI vehicle forfeiture laws. Among the most prominent changes on the table will impact innocent owner claims and the ignition interlock exception. The bill passed the House State Government Finance Division and was referred to the Ways & Means Committee. It is gaining steam and there…

More than 131 million adults are on prescription medication in the United States. That is 66%, or two-thirds, of adults walking around while some amount of prescription medication in their bodies. Back pain, arthritis, mental health, digestive issues, are only a fraction of the reasons why some people take medication. A health professional prescribes it…

Ion Swabs and Ion Scanners[1] are mainstream forensic science equipment used by law enforcement. You see them firsthand every day at airports when someone gets a random hand or luggage swab. Ion Scanners are cheap compared to other alternatives, can be handheld, and very little training is needed to use them. These are some of…

Parking enforcement is now a little trickier in some jurisdictions. In some places, parking enforcement officers place chalk on a car’s tires. The officer then comes back later to see if the chalk is still there. If it is, they believe there is evidence the car never moved and if it the vehicle has been…

You wake up in the hospital, an IV in your arm, handcuffed to a gurney, and a concerned nurse looking over at you. All you remember is being out with friends, getting in your car, the red and blue lights, and a police officer saying you are under arrest. Then nothing, a blank void in…

In August, Minnesota joined 19 other states and enacted a hands-free law making it illegal to handle your phone while driving. This new law goes beyond the basic no texting and driving rules that were already in place. In essence if you are driving a motor vehicle you cannot have your cellphone or any wireless…

DWI cases trigger more than simply going through criminal court. Receiving a citation, or formal complaint, listing your DWI charges can be awfully disheartening to read. Worries about your criminal record, jail time, and what might happen can be overwhelming. Adding further stress to the situation is wondering what is going to happen to your…

Ambrose Law Firm Senior Associate Attorney, Adam Kujawa, hopes his schedule is empty in the morning. When he shows up to the office and sees an open calendar, it means no kids got arrested the night before. Adam works as a part-time public defender in juvenile court. His agenda was not clear. It was full….

Widely believed as the most reliable chemical testing method for DWI cases, blood tests are splattering the headlines recently. In Minnesota, the company that provides blood test sample kits issued a recall notice for many kits distributed after November 1, 2018. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court narrowly decided drivers do not have a right…

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