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Accomplished DUI/DWI Attorney Authors Minnesota's Premier DWI Handbook

October 1, 2008

Comprehensive handbook provides expert analysis and tools for complex DWI criminal law and litigation

Bloomington, Minn., (PRWEB) Oct. 1, 2008 – Halberg Criminal Defense, Minnesota’s most experienced criminal law firm today announced publication of the first edition of the 2008-2009 Minnesota DWI Handbook, written by its newest partner, Doug Hazelton. The Handbook is now available from West Publishing, the world’s largest legal publishing house. The annual publication is an excellent reference tool for defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, probation officers, law enforcement and the media, as well as the general public.

The Minnesota DWI Handbook is a comprehensive reference manual that guides the reader though one of the most complex areas of criminal law practice in Minnesota. The Handbook provides a thorough analysis of all applicable legislation, appellate cases, and administrative rules. It also includes practice-oriented insights, an in-depth analysis and explanation of testing methods used by law enforcement officials and extensive trial preparation materials.

Annually, approximately 40,000 drivers are arrested for DUI/DWI offenses in Minnesota. The Minnesota DWI Handbook details the penalties for a DUI/DWI conviction in Minnesota, the average cost of a DUI/DWI and new laws and cases from recent years that address driving under the influence and drunk driving. This first version reflects updated DUI law changes effective August 1, 2008.

In addition to stringent penalties and licensing sanctions, convicted DUI/DWI offenders face an average cost in Minnesota of approximately $25,000. This includes costs associated with obtaining and maintaining high-risk auto insurance, court and legal fees, potential income loss and driver's license reinstatement.
Topics covered in the Minnesota DWI Handbook include:

  • Criminal DUI/DWI Law and Penalties
  • The Implied Consent (License Revocation) Law and Procedure
  • Vehicle Forfeiture
  • License Plate Impoundment
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Underage Drinking and Driving
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Ignition Interlock Devices
  • Boating/Recreational Vehicles and DUI/DWI
  • And many other topics

About the Author:

Douglas V. Hazelton is a partner with Halberg Criminal Defense in Bloomington, Minnesota.  He practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense, specializing in alcohol-related traffic offenses (DUI/DWI).
Hazelton has successfully handled over one thousand DWI cases, implied consent (drivers license) hearings and other criminal cases across the State of Minnesota.

His credentials include being one of only two Minnesota defense attorneys to successfully complete the Robert F. Borkenstein Course on Alcohol and Highway Safety: Testing, Research and Litigation at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Hazelton has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America as published in Minnesota Monthly Magazine and has been placed on the list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics.

Hazelton is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense, conducted at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was named a Member of the College in 1997.  He has lectured at the College Winter Session in San Antonio, Texas and was named Minnesota’s only State Delegate to the College in 2006.
In addition to lecturing on DUI/DWI-related topics both locally and nationally, Hazelton’s articles have been widely published in numerous books and journals.

Mr. Hazelton may be reached for interviews at 952-224-4848 or dhazelton@halbergdefense.com.
BOOK INFORMATION: The Minnesota DWI Handbook 2008-2008 Edition By Douglas V. Hazelton 242 pages, appendices include all relevant Minnesota DUI/DWI laws, articles, studies and other reference tools. Paperback $125.00.  Available from West Publishing, 1-800-344-5008

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