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Taking DWI Charges Seriously

Last updated on September 14, 2023

What defenses might be available to someone who is arrested for DWI? | Richmond McCluer

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the first place we always start is with

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the constitutional issues and that

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always starts with the initial traffic

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stop because the police can’t just

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randomly pull people over and check to

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see if they’ve been drinking

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they need reasonable grounds to make the

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traffic stop and we the first thing I

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look at in a DWI case when I pick the

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case up is carefully examined not just

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the written reports but the digital

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media which is present and in most cases

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now the squad videos other recordings to

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determine was there reasonable grounds

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for the officer to make the traffic stop

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and sometimes the case can end right

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there I had a case where the officer

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indicated he was pulled to the side of

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the road talking I believe on on the

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radio with another officer and he saw a

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vehicle approaching him and the vehicle

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didn’t have the headlights on and so he

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pulled out and pulled the vehicle over

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and I got the squad video and here came

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the car or it was a truck down the road

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and the headlights were clearly on so

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that case was dismissed at the initial

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stage because the officer in fact did

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not have reasonable grounds to initiate

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a traffic stop

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What is your experience in handling homicide cases? | Richmond McCluer

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when I went to work yes the chief trial

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lawyer for the public defender’s office

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that was kind of my beat yes when local

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public defender got a murder case

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homicide case other complex and serious

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cases they could call the district

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office and say I need help and I was the

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help that was sent out to handle the

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case so I had the great fortune of

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having a steady stream of serious cases

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constantly coming to me and very

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challenging and I worked long long hours

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traveling and trying cases but for

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someone who really wants to be a trial

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lawyer and really feels the passion

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inside to do that work it was a

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tremendous opportunity so I’ve handled

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dozens of homicide cases in the eleven

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County third District I’ve probably

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handled homicides and seven or eight of

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those counties

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At Price, McCluer & Plachecki, we understand the severity of DWI/DUI charges and the impact they can have on your life. A first offense can result in fines, license suspension and even jail time. We want to help you or your loved one navigate this difficult situation.

Many people underestimate the seriousness of a DWI charge. You may think that pleading guilty or representing yourself in court is the best option, but that can result in severe consequences. That’s where we come in. Our experienced attorneys can work with you to build a strong defense and help minimize the consequences of criminal charges, including a DWI charge.

Penalties For A First-Time DWI And Repeat Offenses

Getting a first-time DWI in Minnesota can be a costly mistake. You could end up paying up to $1,000 in fines, spending up to 90 days in jail, and having your license revoked for 90 days. You might also be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your car for 90 days.

A second or subsequent DWI conviction will be much more expensive. It could result in jail time for up to 180 days and permanent revocation of your driver’s license. You might also be required to install an IID in your car for a year or even for life.

In addition to these penalties, a DWI conviction can also have several other consequences, such as:

  • Increased insurance rates
  • Difficulty finding a job
  • Difficulty renting an apartment
  • Loss of social standing

The consequences of driving while impaired are far-reaching and can have a lasting impact on your life.

Defending Your Future

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense that can lead to legal consequences such as fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment. However, the impact of a DWI on your life goes beyond these criminal penalties. You may face noncriminal penalties such as difficulty keeping a job without a car, loss of career opportunities, social repercussions and a mark on your criminal record that can have long-lasting effects on your personal and professional life.

At our law firm, we understand that a DWI charge can be overwhelming and stressful. That is why our experienced attorneys are here to help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights. We believe everyone deserves a strong defense and are committed to providing you with the most favorable outcome for your case.

If you have been charged with a DWI, it is essential to act fast and seek legal representation. Our team will work tirelessly to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances. We will help you understand your legal options and guide you through the process, ensuring your rights are protected at every step.

Get Started On Your Defense

The lawyers at Price, McCluer & Plachecki, are committed to providing you with the most favorable defense against DWI charges. If you have been charged with a DWI, don’t wait – contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced attorneys. Call 507-384-6106 or use our online contact form to make an appointment.