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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

Named one of the "TOP 40 UNDER 40" by the National Trial Lawyers' Association

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Doug Hazelton

Doug Hazelton

"Best Lawyers in America" (2008-Present)

"Super Lawyer" (2008-Present)

Author Minnesota DWI Handbook (West Publishing)

Author Minnesota DWI Survival Guide

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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"

"Top 100 National Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers' Association

1 of 50 Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice Members

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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

"Marshall Brennan Fellow"

Former Law Clerk, Third Judicial District

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Christina Zauhar

Christina Zauhar

Member of Minnesota Women Lawyers

Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association

Contributing Author to Minnesota DWI Deskbook

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Blood Tests for DWI's

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There have been drastic changes in Minnesota for how officers obtain the blood from suspects accused of driving while impaired. For incidents occurring after July 1, 2017, officers must choose whether to read a DWI suspect the Implied Consent Breath Test Advisory or attempt to obtain a warrant for a sample of the suspect’s blood.  

Prior to July 1, 2017,  officers would have discretion as to which of the three tests – breath, blood or urine – would be offered to a DWI suspect. With the 2017 changes, an officer can still charge a DWI suspect with criminal refusal upon that suspect’s refusal to take a breath test. However, under the new law, a DWI suspect cannot be charged with criminal refusal for refusing to submit a blood sample unless the officer first obtains a search warrant and a blood or urine test is first offered (and refused).

The changes to Minnesota DWI law stem from a decision by the United States Supreme Court. They concluded that it is unconstitutional to criminalize the act of refusing to submit to a warrantless blood search. As you can see - DWI Law in Minnesota continues to change at a rapid pace.  Because of this it is important you reach out to an experienced Minnesota DWI attorney to help you navigate your case.  Give one of the attorneys at Halberg Criminal Defense a call to discuss your case. 

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