DWI

Hennepin County Government Center and Courthouse - Minneapolis, MN

You are driving down the road and all of a sudden you hear sirens. Immediately you notice the flashing lights in your rear view mirror. You pull over to the side of the road and an officer approaches the driver’s side window and asks you to exit the car. After a conversation with the officer, and possibly after performing Field Sobriety Exercises and blowing your breath into a machine, you are placed in handcuffs.

Remember, just because an officer charges you with DWI does NOT mean you were actually Driving While Intoxicated. There may be one (or more) of dozens of legal defenses to your case. Contact Leone Legal, PA for a FREE CASE EVALUATION to determine if your case has any of these defenses. Also, an officer only needs probable cause to arrest you, but a prosecutor must prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt to convict you. That is essentially the difference between “I think he did it” and “I have absolutely no doubt in my mind he did it.”

  • Maybe the officer “thought” you were DWI because you slipped during the Field Sobriety Exercises…..under what conditions were these tests conducted (icy/snowy/windy, unlevel/rocky surface, were you nervous due to being right next to the road and traffic, did the officer turn off his flashing lights).
  • Maybe the officer “thought” you were DWI because your breath smelled of alcohol….this could be true if you just had one or two drinks, but it is not likely that one or two drinks made you intoxicated.
  • Maybe the officer “thought” you were DWI based on his lack of experience.

As a prosecutor I was a DWI Specialist, which means for a time I was only prosecuting these types of cases. During that time I learned a lot of the techniques used by law enforcement and prosecutors in arresting and prosecuting those who have been accused. Now, I am able to take those skills and use them in your favor.

I am also able to look at a case, facts, and surrounding circumstances to determine the strengths or weaknesses of the case. This is important when it comes time to give you advice as to whether we should file motions to dismiss the case or suppress evidence (ask the judge to dismiss the charges or to throw out certain pieces of evidence), attempt to get a favorable plea deal, or take the case all the way to trial.

There are some costly penalties that could come from a DWI conviction, including possible jail time, high fines and the loss of you driver’s license. Having legal representation is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. Contact Leone Legal, PA to set up your FREE CASE EVALUATION. I will meet with you at a time and place most convenient to YOU. We will discuss your case and I will give you my evaluation. Afterwards, if you don’t think I’m the right attorney for your case, then simply don’t hire me. Of course, if you do hire me, remember I WILL be with you every step of the way.