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Starting July 1, 2019, a new Minnesota DWI vehicle forfeiture law will add a whole new dimension to the forfeiture landscape. The new law will allow a driver to get their car back if they install ignition interlock on the vehicle. This can change the forfeiture game substantially. Before this new law, anyone trying to…

Yesterday, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued one of the most anticipated opinions regarding DWI laws this term. The high court determined whether MN’s DWI forfeiture law was unconstitutional on its face; was unconstitutional as applied to the innocent owner of the vehicle; and was unconstitutional as applied to the driver of the vehicle. The court decided…

We recently blogged about Minnesota’s ability to forfeit a vehicle after certain offenses here. We discussed the procedure an owner must follow in attempting to recover a seized vehicle.[1] Part of a successful attempt may include proving an affirmative defense, such as the innocent owner defense. This is a popular defense for a vehicle owner…

Losing a vehicle after receiving a DWI is a very real, yet lesser known consequence. In 2000, Minnesota enacted a vehicle forfeiture statute to bolster “efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road, particularly those drivers who have shown a repeated willingness to drive while impaired.”[1] This statute allows the state to seize your vehicle…

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