The holidays are a festive time that typically include a lot of parties and family gatherings. They are also a time when local law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for people who have over-indulged and may be driving under the influence of alcohol.
Last week, an Isanti County boy died in a hit-and-run accident. The 14-year-old was skateboarding near the middle of the road, authorities said, when a white truck struck and killed him. The truck did not stop, though, and the sheriff's office asked the public for help identifying the driver.
Certain times of the year spark police crackdowns on drunken driving, and Labor Day is one of those times. In fact, statistics show that Labor Day ranks second among the deadliest holidays on Minnesota roads in the last five years. During that time, only the Fourth of July has seen more traffic fatalities -- 25 -- than Labor Day, which has seen 24.
If you are arrested for drunk driving later this year, you are more likely to go to jail than ever before, if convicted. In an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes in the state, Minnesota revised a law that will send about 3,000 additional drivers to jail each year, according to the Star Tribune.
Summer in Minnesota is hard to beat as winter-weary residents emerge from their homes to gather with family and friends and head out to enjoy barbeques, festivals and time at the cabin and lake. For many Minnesota residents, these summer traditions are often enjoyed while having an alcoholic beverage or two.
Minneapolis area drivers are likely aware of the many and significant criminal penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction. Less discussed, however, are the penalties associated with drugged driving.
In previous blogs posts, we've written about the severe penalties facing Minnesotans who are convicted of drunk driving charges. Depending on the circumstances, a first DUI offense may result in fines of up to $3,000, up to 12 months in jail and a driver's license suspension for up to one year. The fines and penalties increase substantially for subsequent DUI convictions.
While the Minnesota Vikings season ended weeks ago, football fans across the Minneapolis metro-area are likely still gearing up for this Sunday's Super Bowl. For many, a Super Bowl tradition includes having or attending a party where alcohol is served.
Individuals who are facing criminal charges related to drunk driving often have many questions and concerns and are justifiably scared. As soon as possible after one's arrest on DUI charges, it's wise to contact a criminal defense attorney who can investigate the circumstances of one's arrest and evidence related to a case.
There's a saying that to err is human. There have likely been times in all of our lives when we experience lapses in judgment or found ourselves in a difficult situation. The great thing about human beings is our ability to learn from mistakes and change our behaviors accordingly.