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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…

The Minnesota legislature was active this session passing a wide variety of new DWI laws. They go into effect statewide this Saturday, July 1st, 2017. Some changes are in response to the new landscape under Birchfield[1] and some are laws that failed to pass last year. As expected, Minnesota Implied Consent Advisory is changing to…

We all know driving under the influence is a crime. But what exactly does the law say on the subject? Minnesota law prohibits people from driving when under the influence of three things. Two are well known: alcohol and controlled substances. However, what might be less known, is that Minnesota law also prohibits people from…

In the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bernard v. Minnesota,[1] speculation ensued about how courts would apply the high court’s analysis. So far, two significant cases indicate the direction judicial officers are pointing us. Those cases are Hexom v. Minnesota and State v. Otto. In Hexom, he petitioned for a writ…

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