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Marsh Halberg

Marsh Halberg

"Attorney of the Year" (Minnesota Lawyer 2011)

"Top Six Criminal Defense Attorneys" (Mpls/St.Paul Magazine)

"Super Lawyer" (1997-Present)

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Tina Appleby

Tina Appleby

Achieved jury acquittals / case dismissals / successful resolutions in over 2,000 cases

"Top 100 National Trial Lawyer"

"Who's Who in Criminal Law"

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Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson

"Rising Star" from 2004-2013

"Super Lawyer" 2014, 2015 and 2016

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Doug Hazelton

Doug Hazelton

"Best Lawyers in America" (2008-Present)

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Author Minnesota DWI Handbook (West Publishing)

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Jeremy Kaschinske

Jeremy Kaschinske

One of a handful of MN defense attorneys certified on DataMaster, DMT (MN's current breath-testing device)

Contributing Author to Minnesota DWI Deskbook

"Super Lawyer Rising Star" 2014, 2015 and 2016

TOP 10 Under 40 for the State of MN

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Debbie Lang

Debbie Lang

2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 "Super Lawyer Rising Star"

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Lee Orwig

Lee Orwig

Trial Counsel - State's Largest criminal case (4,400 Defendants)

Criminal Defense Special Recognition Award (2011)

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 "Super Lawyer Rising Star"

Criminal Law Co-chair (2010-2012)

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Dave Risk

Dave Risk

Eight-Time Award Winner of "SuperLawyer - Rising Star"

J.D. William Mitchell College of Law magna cum laude graduate

2014, 2015 and 2016 "Super Lawyer"

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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Magna Cum Laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law

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Former Law Clerk, Third Judicial District

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Christina Zauhar

Christina Zauhar

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DWI Ignition Interlock Device In Minnesota

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All people whose alcohol concentration was 0.16 percent or greater at the time of the offense are required to participate in the ignition interlock in order to drive. The same is true for many repeat offenders regardless of their alcohol concentration.

An “ignition interlock device” is a device which requires a driver to provide a breath sample before driving and is designed to prevent a vehicle’s ignition from starting when the machine detects an alcohol concentration that exceeds 0.02 percent. Minn. Stat. § 171.305, subds.. 1, 3.

The Commissioner of Public Safety will issue driving privileges to a person whose license has been revoked for repeat impaired driving incidents if the individual agrees to all of the conditions of the ignition interlock program. Minn. Stat. § 171.306, subd. 3(a). Such privileges only authorize a person to drive vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock devices. Minn. Stat. § 171.306, subd. 3(b). It is a misdemeanor crime for the individual involved in this program to drive, operate, or be in physical control of a motor vehicle that is not properly equipped with an ignition interlock device. Minn. Stat. § 171.306, subd. 3(f).

In some cases a person can operate employer-owned vehicles (whether equipped with an ignition interlock device or not) while in the normal course and scope of employment duties with the employer’s written consent.

Additionally, under Minn. Stat. § 169A.275, subd. 7, a defendant is not subject to mandatory DWI jail sentences if, as a condition of probation, he or she is permitted to only drive motor vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device.

Ignition interlock may not be an option for individuals who have been revoked for with certain offenses (criminal vehicular homicide or a conviction for a traffic offense involving death, for instance).

If you have questions about whether or not someone can participate in an ignition interlock program contact an experienced attorney.

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