Refusing to take a breath test when suspected of driving under the influence could cause complications for an individual. However, some parties may risk mandatory penalties if they feel not taking the test is warranted. In such cases, parties who have been taken into custody for DWI may wish to find out more on how to challenge such penalties as well as defend against the criminal charges.
One man in Minnesota is currently facing such a predicament after being taken into custody. Reports stated that the man is a trooper with the State Patrol. Though he had once been hailed for making drunk driving arrests, he stands accused of the crime himself.
Apparently, an individual alerted police to an erratic driver whose vehicle had purportedly struck signs before getting stuck on a median. Police arrived at the scene, and the man allegedly stated that he had too much to drink. However, he declined to take a breath test. As a result, the man was taken into custody and is currently facing charges for DWI. It was also noted that he will face an internal investigation with the State Patrol.
Under Minnesota law, refusal to take a breath test could result in the man's licence being revoked for a year. However, he may look into options for challenging such a possible penalty. Additionally, in efforts to combat the DWI charge brought against him, the man may want to better understand his criminal defense options and what routes he may feel most comfortable with following. If he wishes, he may also consult with an experienced attorney to better understand his viable legal options.
Source: mprnews.org, "Minnesota state trooper charged with DWI", Tim Nelson, June 3, 2016