Challenging lawmakers over a law that protects lawmakers might seem like too daunting of a task for some people to take on. According to Fox 9, however, a group of Concordia University students in Minnesota are fighting to get a so-called "antiquated" law off of the books.
The students believe that Minnesota lawmakers should be held accountable for their actions, no matter what time of year it is. Currently, when the legislative session is in progress, the lawmakers involved in those sessions could actually avoid a misdemeanor arrest for drunk driving.
When the law was enacted, it was meant to allow lawmakers to participate in votes. The critics of what they are calling the "get-out-of-jail-free-card" basically believe that fair treatment by the law and traffic safety are more pressing matters than legislative votes.
To what extent the lawmaker immunity has actually impacted drunk driving or other misdemeanor cases in Minnesota is undisclosed. No matter a person's position in the community, the details that led up to an initial traffic stop and arrest are most important.
Does the fact that a group of Minnesota students wants the lawmaker immunity law dismantled impact you? Not directly, unless you are a local lawmaker, of course. A message behind the students' struggle that is relevant to this DWI defense blog is that this state takes drunk driving seriously.
Without a DUI immunity card, someone who is arrested for the suspicion of drunk driving must turn to the most traditional lines of defense. A Minnesota DWI lawyer can evaluate the terms of the traffic stop and charge and explain the legal possibilities. Even a first DWI charge can have significant impact on a person's life.
Source: Fox 9, "LAWMAKER IMMUNITY: Students seek end to in-session DUI exception," Shelby Capacio, March 20, 2014