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DWI Urine Tests Still Very Open to Challenge and Unreliable

Recently, this blog reported on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s opinion issued earlier this week on February 8, 2011 regarding the question of whether DWI urine tests are reliable.  Specifically, the court did NOT decide the question of whether DWI urine tests are reliable, but instead chose to sidestep the issue on procedural grounds. The high Court refused to decide whether urine tests require a so-called Frye-Mack Hearing on their reliability.

The Supreme Court held that because the trial attorney had limited his arguments to the lack of correlation between urine alcohol concentration (UAC) and blood alcohol concentration (BAC), that it would not address the additional issues of foundational reliability for Minnesota DWI urine tests and the fact that Urine Testing has never been subject to a Frye-Mack ReliabilityHhearing in Minnesota to prove that it is reliable in DWI cases, AS WELL AS the argument that Minnesota uses “first-void” testing which has been rejected for DWI cases by almost every other state.

What does this all mean for YOUR Urine DWI case in Minnesota?  Many issues are still alive and will be challenged by our firm if you retain us to challenge your Urine DWI case.  For instance, First, the supreme court has not decided whether Urine testing for DWI’s in Minnesota needs to be subject to a Reliaiblity Hearing since one has never been held.  Second, are Urine Tests inherently unreliable because of Minnesota’s first-void method of testing, which has been rejected by over 40 states and SOFT, the National Society of Forensic Testing.  Third, are Minnesota’s Urine Tests for DWI cases unreliable and illegal because the BCA has failed to honor the Legislature’s intent when the BCA promulgated a rule allowing first-void testing to be used, which produces an unreliable test result with no correlation to BAC or actual impairment.

Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys has defended many drivers accused of a DWI based on a Urine Test, and will raise all the above, and many more, to help you defend your rights and Stay out of Jail.  Call (952) 913-1421 today to get the Defense you Deserve!

He has won jury trial cases in misdemeanor and felony cases and in DWI’s and non-DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. He is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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