Anyone now welcome for appointments!

Regardless of your situation, we have many appointment options available. Remote appointments are available for anyone. If you prefer a remote appointment, we are happy to assist you by telephone, zoom, skype, or any other online option that works for you.

Office appointments are available for anyone. Unvaccinated individuals coming into the office for an appointment, will be required to wear a mask.

Staff are wearing masks when outside of personal work space. If you would like an outside appointment, we are happy to accommodate. We are here for you and want you to be comfortable.

Inside appointments now available for all. Covid safety protocols are in place and all office staff are vaccinated.
Ed Shaw Law No Nonsense Legal Advice

Local Solutions For Local Problems

Motorist’s rights during a DWI traffic stop

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2022 | Drunk Driving Defense |

Minnesota does not allow drunk driving checkpoints but the state does take driving under the influence seriously. Police officers can and do pull motorists over for minor infractions, which can sometimes lead to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

If you get pulled over and the officer suspects you are driving under the influence, you should know what your rights are.

The traffic stop

The law states that a cop must have reasonable suspicion you committed a crime in order to pull you over. If the police officer suspects you have been drinking, they will ask you to perform a series of field sobriety tests (FSTs). These may include standing on one leg, walking heel-to-toe in a straight line, following an object with your eyes, and breathing into a device that measures your breath alcohol content.

Your rights

You have the right to remain silent. If you have been drinking, and the officer asks how many drinks you have had, there is no good answer. Informing them that you do not want to respond without an attorney present is usually the safest way to address many of these questions.

In Minnesota, you can also decline to participate in pre-arrest sobriety tests. FSTs can be unreliable and biased and are primarily used to establish probable cause for arrest. Refusing these tests does not mean you cannot get arrested for driving while intoxicated, but it does limit the evidence that is available against you.

Staying safe is a top priority, and that includes protecting your rights as a Minnesota driver.


RSS Feed