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Minnesota Tops List Of America’s Toughest DUI Staates


It’s official: the Land of 10,000 Lakes has the harshest DUI laws in the nation. At least, that’s according to a recently published report put out by a group of Utah-based lawyers.

Researchers involved in this study said they analyzed over 20 different factors for all 50 states including average DUI fines, legal BAC limit, and supplementary laws. Once they calculated all of these facts, the lawyers assigned a score between 0 – 100 to each state, with 100 representing extremely tough laws.

Minnesota ranked just over 76 out of 100, significantly higher than runner-up Utah’s score of 69. Rounding out the top five toughest DUI states were Georgia (69.3), Delaware (64.7), and Kansas (64.4).

Interestingly, border state South Dakota had the most relaxed DUI laws on this survey with a score of only 20. Other states that ranked low include Wyoming (35.1), New Mexico (35.8), North Dakota (37), and Maryland (39.4).

To find out more about this study, you could visit this official webpage.

So, What Are Minnesota’s DUI Statutes?

As you likely know, there are several consequences to drunk driving. In recent years, Minnesota introduced stronger DUI laws in an effort to curb DUI-related deaths. One of these new policies involves installing an interlock into a DUI offender’s car. Drivers have to blow into this device with a BAC of under 0.02 to start their car.

Like in many other states, Minnesota’s legal threshold for a DUI is a BAC of 0.08. While every case is different, first-time offenders could face fines as high as $10,000 and get their license taken away for one year.

Those interested in learning more about Minnesota’s updated DUI laws, please visit this website put together by the State Government.

Involved In DUI In St. Paul? Call Congdon Law, PLLC

If you’ve been accused of DUI in the St. Paul area, please give Congdon Law, PLLC a call. For years, we’ve helped clients with both DUI and criminal defense issues. Our lawyers are well versed in Minnesota’s current criminal, drug, and violent crime-related laws, and will help you move forward in your case.

You can reach Congdon Law, PLLC at (651) 314-9620 for a free, confidential consultation.

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