Grostyan & Associates, PLC Articles Even Lawmakers Get DUIs

Even Lawmakers Get DUIs

By Grostyan & Associates, PLC  Apr. 1, 2013 4:47p

A Democratic State Representative from Duluth, Minnesota was charged with DUI in February of this year. The legislator, T. H., was pulled over by a Minnesota State Patrol officer for speeding; he was driving approximately 8 miles per hour over the posted limit. After being stopped, he was given a breath test by the officer. The test resulted in a .083 blood alcohol concentration which is slightly over the legal limit of .08 percent. The legislator was given a warning but not ticketed for speeding and stated publicly that he would not fight the DUI. He also apologized publicly to the people of Duluth. The 71 year-old legislator is the chairman of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

A first-offense DUI in Minnesota carries penalties of up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, a license suspension of up to 90 days, a $250 license reinstatement fee, a $430 license reinstatement surcharge, and a $24 driver's license application fee. Those who refuse to take a chemical test when requested to do so by law enforcement are subject to a license suspension of one year. In order to get a restricted license after being convicted of a Minnesota DUI, a driver must install an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle. Those who refuse to do so are prohibited from all driving privileges.

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Due to the harsh consequences following a DWI conviction it is important that you seek the legal representation of an attorney who has proven experience defending such charges in your local area. The results of breathalyzer tests are admitted into courts as reliable evidence. You must, therefore, have a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to challenge the state's evidence by making a thorough investigation of the testing, the equipment used, the results, and all of the events which led to an arrest.

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