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A change in laws for Minnesota drug sentencing

On August 1, 2016, the first major changes to Minnesota drug laws went into effect for the first time in nearly 30 years. The laws, which law enforcement, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys approved, aimed to draw a finer line between drug addicts and pushers with better sentencing guidelines.

Encouraging results from the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Program

Minnesota has a serious problem when it comes to drunk drivers. In 2014, 31 percent of the state’s 111 motor vehicle deaths were alcohol related. In 2015, the number of traffic fatalities rose to 137 and 2,203 injuries were reported. In an effort to reduce such statistics, the Minnesota ignition interlock program became law in the summer of 2011, and the Office of Traffic Safety recently undertook a comprehensive evaluation of that program.