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Emergency personnel work to free the victim of a fatal car accident Jan. 21 east of Park Rapids, caused by an alleged drunken driver. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Bill would presume innocence in drunk driving cases

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Many states suspend constitutional presumptions of innocence when it comes to drunken driving arrests.

Minnesota is no different.

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If you are arrested for DWI in Minnesota, your license can be suspended or revoked within days of your arrest, even before you go to court on the actual criminal charges. This civil proceeding, the license revocation, is a separate matter, resulting in a maximum suspension of 90 days if your blood-alcohol content exceeds .08 percent.

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