Hudson, Wisconsin is a popular spot for many Minnesotans. It boasts a number of great bars, restaurants and entertainment options, not to mention the scenic views and water activities on the Mississippi River. It’s also a popular spot for Minnesotans who want to stock up on beer on a Sunday since they may not be able to purchase it in Minnesota because of the state’s blue laws.
Now more than ever, Hudson has become a hotbed for arrests, oftentimes involving people from Minnesota. Minnesota has been slower to reopen than Wisconsin has during the COVID-19 pandemic, which means more people are heading across the border in hopes of finding some sense of normalcy in these weird times. So what should you do if you’re heading to Hudson or another town just across the border and you find yourself in legal trouble? We answer that question and more in today’s blog.
Arrested In Hudson, WI
A recent article that featured comments from the Hudson Police found that arrests have increased significantly over the past week or two. They said that they issued 13 DUI citations during a five-day span, while also noting that 1-2 is considered normal for that stretch.
So if you are arrested for DUI, BWI or another crime when you’re in Hudson, but you live in Minnesota, here’s what you should do. For starters, contact a lawyer in your area. At Appelman Law Firm, we’re well-versed in criminal proceedings in neighboring states, and if we can’t take your case, we can at least point you in the right direction. Hiring a lawyer in the Hudson area may be what you need to do down the road, but you can get your legal defense started by working with a lawyer closer to home.
Next, while everything is getting sorted out, make it a point to stay out of more trouble. Don’t get arrested again, and make good choices when it comes to alcohol or drugs if they played a role in your initial arrest. You’re not going to get any leniency from a judge if they see you’ve been arrested between your original arrest and your trial date. Sometimes it’s even worth being proactive and taking an alcohol or substance abuse education course to help show the court you’re committed to changing your ways and moving on from your mistake. Again, your lawyer can provide guidance on what next steps you should take.
A final piece of advice we like to pass on to anyone who was arrested in Wisconsin but lives in Minnesota is that you should not just ignore the arrest or citation. Don’t assume that as long as you never go back to Wisconsin or you stay out of trouble in the future when you visit that you’ll never have to deal with the repercussions of your arrest. States share criminal data, and a DUI in Wisconsin can lead to a loss of your driving privileges here in Minnesota. We’ve never seen one instance where ignoring an out-of-state arrest has worked out for a person, but we have seen plenty of instances where a small problem snowballed into a major issue because they thought distance would protect them.
So if you’ve been arrested in Hudson but live in the Twin Cities, reach out to Appelman Law Firm to learn how we can assist with your out of state arrest. We’ll either work directly with you to fight the charge or we’ll provide guidance so you know what you should be doing next. To set up a free case review to talk about your charge, click here or call us at (952) 224-2277.