Minnesota DUI Lawyers in St. Paul
Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a DUI in Minnesota
Safeguarding Your Rights After a DUI in St. Paul
A successful conviction for a DUI in Minnesota is a serious matter. The penalties for this charge can include the loss of your driver’s license, impoundment of your license plates, the seizure of your vehicle, large fines and increased auto insurance, and perhaps even a jail sentence. DUI law is complicated and can prove a challenge even for an attorney who may not have a focus on DUI. For this reason it is important that you receive the help of a skilled St. Paul DUI lawyer who is up to date on the latest in DUI defense. The St. Paul DUI lawyers with Halberg Criminal Defense are highly experienced and prepared to defend your rights to the fullest degree.
- Halberg Criminal Defense was named “Best Law Firm” by US News and World Report
- Largest criminal defense law firm in Minnesota with more than 120 years of combined criminal trial experience
- Track-record of success handling drunk driving cases in Minnesota
- Attorney Jeremy Kaschinske is one of four Minnesota defense attorneys who is certified on the DMT Breath Machine
- Free Consultation to discuss your DUI case when you call (612) 424-7644 or when you fill out the consultation request form to the left
About Drunk Driving in Minnesota
The St. Paul DUI lawyers of the Halberg law group are known for their dedication to their clients. Minnesota law defines driving under the influence as operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs (both illegal and prescription). It is possible in Minnesota to be charged with a DUI even if your blood alcohol level is technically below 0.08% if you are deemed to be legally impaired to the point where operating your vehicle would be hazardous to your health and to the safety of others. This is determined by the arresting police officer.
Arresting officers prefer to use chemical testing as proof of intoxication. The prosecutor will also tend to favor this evidence over any other, including road-side sobriety testing and eye-witness accounts. However, with the help of a skilled St. Paul DUI lawyer with experience fighting evidence in court, the results of your chemical test may be challenged and potentially dropped. Like most other states, Minnesota has an ‘implied-consent’ law, meaning that simply by getting behind the wheel, you are giving consent to chemical testing. If refused, or failed, your license may be immediately revoked.
A successful conviction could have lasting negative results on your whole life. This could mean the loss of your work, difficulty obtaining future work opportunities, travel restrictions, and even time in jail. Do the most to avoid these negative repercussions and contact a skilled St. Paul DUI lawyer from Halberg Criminal Defense.
In Minnesota there are three different types of Administrative Sanctions that can accompany a DUI charge. These sanctions can occur independently to any criminal charges that you may be charged with.
The administrative sanctions are as follows:
Administrative License Revocation – This sanction is enforced in states with the ‘implied consent’ law. Your license may be immediately taken upon your failure or refusal of a chemical test. You will be issued a seven-day temporary license before this revocation goes through.
Administrative License Plate Impoundment – This violation pertains to a DUI arrest involving an aggravating factor. Examples of these factors can include having a BAC of .20% or more, having a child under 16 in the vehicle at the time, or if the driver’s license had been cancelled at the time of this violation. All of these factors could earn an Administrative License Plate Impoundment which would be applied to any vehicle owned, leased, or registered with the name of the violator or jointly held by the violator.
Administrative Vehicle Forfeiture – In the state of Minnesota, DUI law states that you may have your vehicle seized and license revoked if you have multiple DUI violations within a ten year period. If there are aggravating factors present this sanction may be enforced on your second or third DUI violation.
About The Law Firm
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The St. Paul DUI Lawyers at Halberg Criminal Defense have a reputation for their criminal trial experience. Between all the attorneys, the firm has over a hundred years of experience at their disposal. The firm was founded by Marsh Halberg and has provided a dedicated defense to the accused since its inception in 2004. If you are being accused of a criminal charge, do not leave your life in the hands of anyone but the very best! Call the Halberg law group today and begin defending your rights and future! For a free initial consultation, call (612) 424-7644 or simply fill out the form found on the left side of this page.
Marsh Halberg – St. Paul DUI lawyer Marsh Halberg has vast trial experience in his background. He has personally tried more than a hundred criminal jury trials, and thousands of criminal court trials. Marsh Halberg is also a former Chief Prosecutor for the City of Edina, Minnesota and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), Marsh Halberg lead the prosecution of over 15,000 criminal cases each year.
Marsh Halberg is Minnesota’s most sought after Legal Education speaker on criminal law. He has authored a number of training manuals and criminal law seminars. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Minnesota DWI deskbook, which is regarded as one of the most comprehensive source books in the state on the subject of drunk driving law.
Eric Nelson – Eric Nelson’s career has focused exclusively on criminal defense, an area of practice in which he has earned himself a strong reputation as a very skilled and successful attorney. He has defended clients charged with various criminal violations including homicide, sex offenses, drug offenses, assault charges, as well as hundreds of alcohol related traffic offenses.
St. Paul DUI lawyer Eric Nelson is a frequent lecturer, speaking on the subject of criminal laws such as driving under the influence of a controlled substance and the production of methamphetamine. He is invited to speak across the state of Minnesota and serves as a judge in moot court/mock trial competitions. He has also written for the Minnesota DWI Deskbook.
Tina Appleby – St. Paul DUI lawyer Tina Appleby has been practicing criminal defense for twenty seven years. She is recognized as one of the premier female attorneys in the state of Minnesota. She has successfully worked towards jury acquittals, dismissals, and successfully resolved over 2,000 cases. She handles assault cases, drug prosecutions, traffic violations, and sexual offenses throughout Minnesota.
Doug Hazelton – St. Paul DUI lawyer Douglas V. Hazelton practices criminal defense exclusively with a particular focus on alcohol-related traffic offenses such as DWI/DUI. He is well known for his success, having successfully resolved hundreds of criminal cases involving homicide, drugs, sex crime, theft, and assault charges.
Douglas Hazelton is one of only two attorneys in Minnesota who are graduates of the Borkenstein program, which was a program focused on the administration of alcohol breath testing.
Lee Orwig – Lee Orwig practices criminal defense exclusively. He has a reputation for success, and has co-chaired the defense of a client acquitted by a Hennepin County jury despite being accused of a DUI charge with a .08 blood alcohol content. St. Paul DUI lawyer Lee Orwig has vast experience dealing with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony cases. He has defended clients accused of DWI crimes, forgery crimes, juvenile crimes, sex crimes, drug crimes, assault, and criminal expungement across the state of Minnesota. He has been a vital part of the pending federal litigation between the State of Minnesota and the manufacturer of Minnesota’s breath-testing machine called the Intoxilyzer 5000. Lee Orwig is also the main author of the amicus curiae source code brief submitted to Minnesota Federal District Court on behalf of the Minnesota Society of Criminal Justice.
Jeremy Kaschinske – St. Paul DUI DUI lawyer Jeremy Kaschinske is experienced in various criminal charges including handling misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felonies. Jeremy Kaschinske ardently defends clients accused of DUI crimes and traffic violations, juvenile crimes, criminal sexual conduct, drug crimes, assault crimes, and theft. He is well experienced in handling expungements and prides himself upon his ability to successfully seal a person’s criminal past and help secure their future from the negative repercussions of a criminal conviction.
Dave Risk began his career as a public defender in Ramsey County after he finished law school, where he placed seventh in his class. Two years later, he was teaching DWI defense courses to attorneys and in 2005, he joined a private criminal defense law firm where he focused much of his work in DWI and Implied Consent cases. He has been named a “SuperLawyer Rising Star” eight times and he is one of only a handful of attorneys in the state who has been certified as an operator on the Intoxilyzer 5000 EN and the DataMaster DMT-G.
Christina Zauhar obtained her law degree from Hamline University School of Law. She worked in many realms of the criminal justice system prior to joining Halberg Criminal Defense. She served as a Ramsey County Guardian ad Litem in juvenile court, a mediator in Ramsey, Hennepin, St. Louis, and Carlton counties, and also clerked for several prestigious law firms in the Twin Cities. Ms. Zauhar also worked as an associate in the Risk and Fraud department of Thomson Reuters. She holds a Certificate in Advocacy and Problem Solving. This certification includes alternative dispute resolution coursework and other practices such as mediation, negotiation, and arbitration.
If you, or someone you love has been charged with a DUI in Ramsey County, call today and begin planning your defense with the most experienced help on your side! (612) 424-7644