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Were You Arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Minnesota?
According to section 169A.20 of Minnesota law, it is illegal for a person to be in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance or any other hazardous substance that affects the brain, nervous system, or muscles. Not only does this refer to illegal narcotics, but it includes certain prescription drugs as well.
If you have been arrested and accused of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. and speak with a Minneapolis DWI lawyer about what to do next. With your rights and driving privileges on the line, you should not risk a criminal conviction by attempting to handle your charges without the help of an experienced lawyer.
Why Choose Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.?
- 100+ years of experience
- Former Minnesota prosecutors
- Attorney Joseph Tamburino is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
- Our attorneys have been featured in the Super Lawyers® list for 15 consecutive years
- Available days, nights, and weekends
- Free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluations
Our firm has handled DWI cases since 1983 and is familiar with the best ways to protect our clients. Experienced in the courtroom and respected by our peers, our attorneys have obtained numerous favorable outcomes for clients. The outcome of your case will depend on the quality of representation you choose, so turn to us for help during this challenging time.
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Minnesota is Zero-Tolerance State
Minnesota is a zero-tolerance state when it comes to driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). This means that a driver will be arrested if an officer has a reasonable suspicion that he or she is operating a vehicle with any Schedule I or Schedule II controlled drug in their system. This is a per se charge, meaning that there does not actually need to be any impairment in driving ability for the driver to be charged with DWI.
If a person is found to be under the influence of a hazardous substance, then he or she will face DWI charges. However, this law does not apply to marijuana or marijuana metabolites (the chemical substance that remains after marijuana has been metabolized in a person’s body.)
Penalties for Drug-Impaired Driving
A driver who has been arrested and accused of driving under the influence of drugs will be subject to the full range of penalties for an alcohol-related DUI.
These penalties include:
- Jail time
- Fines of $1,000 or more
- License suspension
- Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
- Drug counseling
When you choose to work with our firm, we may be able to reduce or eliminate your charges, potentially helping you avoid jail time.
Don’t Wait to Seek the DWI Defense You Need
The Minneapolis DWI attorneys at our firm have fought and won numerous DWI cases during their years in practice. When you discuss your case with one of our attorneys, we can investigate the results of any urine or blood tests taken to determine the presence of drugs in your system, and look into whether the appropriate protocol was followed during testing to ensure accuracy. Then, we can determine the appropriate course of action based on the circumstances surrounding your arrest.
Contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. at (612) 444-5020.
1. Don’t Talk to the Police!
It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.
It’s important to note that:
- Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
- By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
- Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
2. Ask for a Lawyer!As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!
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