City prosecutor named a DWI Enforcer All-Star

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety named City prosecutor Tim Richards one of its 2015 DWI Enforcer All-Stars. The DWI Enforcer All-Stars lead the state in arresting and prosecuting drunk drivers and preventing alcohol-related crashes. Richards’ work will be recognized July 27 before the Twins game at Target Field during pre-game festivities.

As a prosecutor, Richards supervises a trial team in the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office, which handles approximately 1,600 DWIs per year. He’s helped draft numerous templates for motions and responses in DWI court cases; these templates were distributed to prosecutors in the City Attorney’s Office as well as to agencies throughout the state to help them successfully win cases against drunk drivers. He’s also been instrumental in updating the Minneapolis Police Department on case-law changes that may affect their investigations and in carrying out training on improved DWI-investigation techniques.

Richards helped with research and preparation for a 2015 Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court case that recognized a good-faith exception in DWI investigations that helps prosecutors win cases against drunk drivers. He also worked on the committee that amended Minnesota law to allow for electronic search warrants.

This is the second DWI Enforcer All-Star honor for the City of Minneapolis. City prosecutor David Bernstein was named a 2014 DWI Enforcer All-Star.

Published May 31, 2016

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