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Don't Make it Easy for the Police

DWI arrests almost always begin with a traffic stop, and traffic stops most often occur when the police catch you committing some kind of traffic violation.


What's a simple way to keep yourself out of big legal trouble? Avoid those small traffic violations, and don't give the police an opportunity.


Some common (and easily avoidable) causes of traffic stops:

  • Stuff hanging from your rearview mirror. I can't count the number of times I've seen clients get pulled over for items dangling from a rearview mirror. Per Minn. Statute 169.71, most objects suspended between the driver and the windshield are unlawful. That includes air fresheners, dreamcatchers, Mardi Gras beads, and so many other things people regularly hang on their mirrors. Don't give police an opportunity they will readily take: Take things off your rearview mirror.

  • Not signaling turns. Minnesota drivers are required to signal their turns continuously for no less than 100 feet before turning. If a police officer wants to pull you over, he'll be happy to cite you for signaling only 90 feet before your turn. A safe bet is to signal your turns well, well in advance.

  • Failing to stop at all stop signs. This one is obvious, but can always stand to be repeated. The police can pull you over any time you don't come to a complete stop in front of a stop sign. A rolling stop isn't going to save you any time if you get pulled over.


These are just a handful of things you can do to make sure you don't get pulled over by a zealous police officer. If you do find yourself facing criminal charges, act fast to protect your rights, and contact us for a free consultation today.