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Minnesota's IID Program

If you have been arrested for and charged with an impaired driving offense in Minnesota, you might be facing the revocation of your driver's license. If this happens to you and you are convicted of a driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence charge, you may have the option to restore your right to drive by using an ignition interlock device.

As explained by the Minnesota Department of Driver and Vehicle Services, even a first-ever DWI or DUI charge might lead to your license being revoked. The length of time that your revocation will last will depend in part on your blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest or your choice to take or not to take a breath test. License revocation periods last from 90 days to one year for first time offenses. By installing an ignition interlock device, you may regain the right to drive at any time during this period.

Field tests cannot prove intoxication

If you have been charged with a driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated offense in Minnesota, you will no doubt want to learn your options to defend yourself. This is certainly your right and you should always feel you have such an option. One thing that may become part of your defense is the accuracy of the evidence used against you. This includes the results of any field sobriety tests you took.

As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, these tests are not used or able to measure any impairment or intoxication in a person. Instead, they are simply a means to indicate that a person might possibly be impaired so that a police officer can legally place them under arrest for suspected drunk driving. This is an important distinction that drivers should know.

Is uncontested divorce the right choice for you?

Minnesota couples facing the prospect of divorce know that this choice is not an easy one. It is difficult to make the decision to move forward with ending a marriage, and some couples are looking for ways to make it as easy and streamlined as possible. One way to do this is by filing for an uncontested divorce.

Uncontested divorce is not the right choice for every couple, but it could provide you and your spouse with many benefits. Before you make any important decisions that will affect your future, it is beneficial to consider all of the divorce options available to you. In any type of divorce, it is important to consider how your choices will affect your long-term interests and financial security. 

Alimony tax issue could have ripple effect on existing prenups

Taxes are a subject that is never far out of the minds of Minnesotans. As progressive policy state, taxes tend to be a bit higher here than elsewhere. At the same time, they are lower than many states. One thing that applies to all states, however, is the federal income tax and that is the subject of today's post.

Many readers surely are aware of the tax law change signed into law at the end of last year. It is perhaps the most notable policy change attributable to the current administration, and one of the most notable provisions in it is a change regarding divorce. Specifically, a tax rule that has been in effect for decades is going away at the end of this year. What some call the divorce subsidy will be no more.

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