Month: January 2013

Can I Get A DWI On A Snowmobile?

Yes. Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI), is just like a DWI charge. If you are caught driving a snowmobile while drunk or under the influence of a controlled substance you can be charged.
In Hugo, MN there are lots of places to snowmobile, in addition to following the rules set by the City, you must follow the same rules of the road.

If you are caught operating your snowmobile while intoxicated, the consequences are nearly identical to a DWI. If it’s your first time being charged, it’s a misdemeanor. You could face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1000.00. You could also lose your snowmobiling privileges for a year.

However, if you have had a prior DWI/SWI violation in the past 10 years. Your punishment could be more severe. The following factors could also result in a stiffer punishment.

  • Blood Alcohol Concentration of .20 or higher
  • Child Under 16 on snowmobile when charged

If you are found with any of those aggravating factors your punishment increases to a gross misdemeanor or felony. It could also result in the following:

  • Maximum fine of up to $3000.00
  • Extended jail time
  • Loss of driver’s license privileges
  • Chemical Dependency Assessments
  • Forfeiture of the snowmobile involved in the incident

If a person has three or more SWI/DWI convictions in the past 10 years, or has a prior felony conviction, they can be sentenced to:

  • 3-7 years in jail
  • Maximum fine of $14,000
  • Extended periods of license revocation

If you have been involved in an alcohol related arrest, please contact me and I may help you sort through the facts and help you understand your rights. Call the Flanagan Law Office in Hugo, Minnesota for representation at (651) 200-3484.

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Police: Minneapolis Crime 2nd Lowest in 30 Years

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced serious crime in Minneapolis went up slightly in 2012, for a third year in a row. Still, the city saw some improvement in other crime categories.
Overall violent crime was at the second-lowest level since 1983 and is only up a small percentage compared to 2011.

According to statistics from the Minneapolis Police Department:

  • Part 1 crime, or serious crime, including violent and property offenses, totaled 23,345. That up slightly from 2011, which came in at 23,052.
  • Highest year for Part 1 crimes was 1986, topping out at 45,513.

The Mayor told the StarTribune “It takes a whole city to keep a whole city safe. Much of our progress in 2012 in keeping crime at historically low levels is due to effective partnerships between police and community.”