Minneapolis DWI Lawyer
It is considered a crime in Minnesota when a person refuses to submit to an alcohol or drug test if the arresting officer has reason to believe that the person was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. Perhaps the officer observed the person swerving or they were involved in an accident. While the driver does not have the right to choose the testing method, he or she can say “no.” However, refusing the test will result in a criminal charge that will lead to license revocation and possible vehicle forfeiture.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DWI and DWI test refusal, you have the right to defend yourself. With the help of a St. Paul & Minneapolis DWI lawyer, a much better outcome can be obtained in the case than what would be otherwise.
Advising You Of Your Rights
The criminal penalties for refusing to take a field sobriety test can be very serious, sometimes requiring at least 30 days in jail. Driving privileges may also be revoked for one year and you may even be required to obtain whiskey plates. These are plates that have a specific number on them that tells law enforcement what they are. This may be the only way that you are able to drive the vehicle and any vehicle that you own. Even if someone else drives a vehicle that you own, it will have to have whiskey plates.
When you call your attorney for advice regarding testing, your attorney will advise you to move forward with the testing. The reason is because an attorney will never advise you to commit a crime. There are defenses that can be used in the case even if the testing states that you were intoxicated. Perhaps something went wrong through the process, maybe there was not reason to pull you over, or the testing may have been botched in some way. If there was an issue at any point, your attorney will identify it.
Strategic DWI Defense
It is important to remember that the prosecution can easily prove test refusal in a DWI case. That can be easier to prove than the DWI itself, so it is best to weigh your options. Your Minneapolis & St. Paul DWI lawyer will evaluate every element of your case to determine what needs to be done to get the best result. By securing a favorable result, you can move on with your life much sooner. It is sometimes even possible to negotiate a lesser charge that is not classified as a DWI, which will work even more in your favor.
Contact A Minneapolis & St. Paul DWI Attorney
Refusing to submit to sobriety testing can result in serious consequences that can have long lasting effects. In fact, it is a criminal offense in itself, although you can say “no.” If you or a loved one needs advice on blood alcohol testing or are at a point where legal representation is needed in the DWI case, the Anderson Law Firm, PLLC can help. Call 612-332-3100 for a free consultation.