Minnesota Saw a Dramatic Increase in DUI Arrests Last Year

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Minnesota DUI arrests went up significantly in 2006, with over 40,000 people arrested for drunken driving. Part of the increase is attributed to the lowering of the legal limit to .08.

Minnesota DUI arrests increased dramatically in 2006. The arrests continued right up to New Years Eve, which is considered one of the busiest nights for disorderly conduct. As far as the higher number of arrests, officials pointed to Minnesota's first full year with a lower blood alcohol level as one of the main reasons.

"The legal limit was lowered to point 08 from point 10 in mid 2005. So, 2006 represents the first full year with the new legal limit of point 08 blood alcohol content. I've noticed a great number of cases of Minnesota DUI arrests for people with blood alcohol content in the range of point 08 to point 10," comments attorney Douglas Kans.

Another reason for the rise in arrests is the increased enforcement of Minnesota DUI laws by law enforcement across all counties and cities. The story behind the numbers, officials said, is that Minnesotans still aren't getting the message about the dangers of drinking and driving. About one in eight current or formally licensed drivers have at least one DUI on their record. All told, more than 470,000 Minnesotans have a DWI arrest in their past.

With Minnesota DUI arrests on the increase, those arrested need an experienced lawyer with the proficiency to vigorously defend the charges. For over a decade, Mr. Douglas Kans has dedicated himself solely defending individuals charged with crimes. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Kans also had the responsibility of prosecuting numerous criminal offenses. Therefore, it has given him the ability see his cases through the prosecutor's 'eyes' which aids him in providing the best legal strategy in defense of his clients.

"With the complexities of Minnesota DUI law, it is essential that a defendant have a lawyer with the experience to navigate these intricate laws. Minnesota DUI laws have become one of my concentrations, so I am able to work with my clients to successfully negotiate or litigate the best possible outcome," Kans comments.

With the tighter Minnesota DUI laws and increased enforcement, anyone facing charges who chooses Kans Law Firm to represent them will experience the professionalism and strong commitment to clients that has helped the firm gain such a positive reputation.


For over a decade, Mr. Kans has dedicated himself solely to defending individuals charged with crimes. Over this period, he has earned the respect of fellow colleagues, prosecutors, and Judges throughout the State of Minnesota. Mr. Kans has successfully litigated and negotiated hundreds of criminal cases during his career. He has had many proud achievements, but none is as important as the personal satisfaction he receives from working hard and achieving wonderful results for his clients.

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