DWI Omnibus Bill

This year’s omnibus bill contains several fixes, as well as several policy changes. One of the major policy changes is the ability of defendants to use the affirmative defense. This comes after a Minnesota resident was arrested for drunk driving after fleeing her abusive partner. The court case resulting from the arrest resulted in a not guilty verdict, but the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that an affirmative defense could not be used for license revocation; this portion of the omnibus bill changes that. Other notable changes include: requiring peace officers to tell a person under arrest the results of the field sobriety test so they can make an informed decision about what is happening to them, giving a 60 day window for those convicted of DWI to enroll in the ignition interlock program rather than have their vehicle seized, and several changes to DWI sentencing and the ignition interlock program.

STATUS: The bill is on the Senate Floor. See also: DWI provision changes. (S.F. 1073)

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