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The holidays are a joyful time for many, but the fun can be ruined by a DWI/DUI or drug possession arrest. Law enforcement are extra vigilant during this season, and it can be seen in the numbers from last year. According the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, there were 2,656 DWI arrests made during the holidays in 2017, which is an increase from the prior year. As you celebrate the holiday season, bear in mind that impaired driving is a crime:

  • DWI (Driving While Intoxicated): if you are pulled over while driving a vehicle and your alcohol concentration is over the legal limit, which is .08, you will almost certainly be charged with DWI.
  • Test Refusal: if you arrested for impaired driving and refuse to take a breath test, fail to complete a breath test, or refuse to cooperate with a warrant for a sample of your blood or urine, you will almost certainly be charged with test refusal.
  • DUI (Driving Under the Influence): if you are pulled over while driving a vehicle and your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is impaired by alcohol or drugs, you will likely be charged with DUI. DUI is often charged in addition to either DWI or test refusal.

Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is also a crime. This means there may be additional charges if officers find a controlled substance in your car, whether it is street drugs or prescription drugs that do not belong to you. If you will be drinking or using other substances, make sure your festivities include planning for a safe ride home.

Even if you are not driving, police will still be vigilant in activities that appear to be sharing, buying, or selling controlled substances. Make sure your festivities include a driving plan if you plan to drink, and be aware that there could be consequences if you partake in illegal drugs. Our experienced attorneys are ready to represent you in a court of law if you are arrested for a crime.