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Misdemeanor cases clog courts and burden poor defendants

Misdemeanor charges in Minnesota may not impose harsh penalties like felonies, but they still carry serious consequences for many people, such as imprisonment for up to one year and fines. A legal scholar and author who has researched the effects of misdemeanor convictions said that court fees, fines and short-term incarceration often lead to job loss as well as restrictions on housing, student loans, welfare benefits and professional licensing.

How alcohol impacts a driver

In 2016, 111 million people reported driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, only 1 million people were taken into custody for impaired driving in Minnesota and throughout the country. When a person drinks alcohol, it can have a variety of effects on his or her ability to drive safely. For instance, after only one or two drinks, there is a slight loss of judgment. There may also be a decline in the ability to multitask or process information visually.

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