MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Stillwater DWI attorney found himself in jail early Friday morning after being arrested for allegedly drinking and driving, authorities said.

Washington County jail documents show Samuel Surface was booked for DWI at 1:08 a.m. and released at 3:37 a.m.

According to Surface’s website, he can answer all your questions when it comes to DWI laws in Minnesota.

“Sam Surface is an attorney who is up to date on the current status of DWI and DUI law and can best defend your rights,” his site says.

Surface confirmed his arrest to the St. Paul Pioneer Press Friday, saying he made a shortsighted decision and should have known better.

Comments (24)
  1. Swamp Rat says:

    Would love to see who defends this DWI attorney for DWI and how the system treats this attorney for his misjudgment.

    1. sad but true says:

      Would like to know what he blew and why he was released 2:29 after being booked!

      1. friend of a judge says:

        very true.. no bail set and he got out… lol

        1. Oh fer cripes says:

          He was released on his own recognizance. He received no special favors.

          Insinuating he was treated like this because he was a friend of the judge is rather uninformed and irresponsible, yes?

        2. Andy says:

          I am a DWI attorney and if it is a first offense/4th degree DWI under .20 you are always released with no baiul within 2-4 hours. Depends on how fast they can get you booked. There wa sno special treatment here.

          1. Whatever says:


            10 years ago I had one.
            I was booked at Hennipen at 1:30am. I blew a .14 and didn’t get released until 8:30am.

      2. Well says:

        You can click on the above link to the PioneerPress article and read all about it. He blew an 0.15.

        The booking process took 2 1/2 hours and he was released on his own recognizance.

        Nothing special because he was an attorney and was getting some kind of special treatment. Happens all the time.

  2. Tab says:

    I knew and now know another DWI attorney who are and were the biggest drunks in town.

  3. See BS says:

    Someone ratted on the DWI attorney, probably someone jealous.

  4. Don Wodziak says:

    How about YOU ARE A DUMB ASS!!?

  5. insignificant says:

    well,they caught judges ‘n’ police officers drivin’ drunk before too,can happen to anyone,eh?…it aint a perfect world…dwi lawyers dupe too many people into wasting even more money on a bogus defense that rarely works ’cause once ya blow into the machine or get a blood test it’s very difficult to get outta trouble,and thats gonna cost plenty enough as it is,let alone pay a lawyer on top of it all…

    1. Hey says:

      you can always represent yourself in any criminal or civil matter, if you think you can do any better.

      1. insignificant says:

        yeah i did represent myself…i said ” yes,i drove UTInfluence,yer honor” then took responsability for my own decision,eh?…and 5 years later there is no way in hell i would drive around with just ONE beer down…

  6. go figure says:

    Nothing like a little field research to bolster your knowledge eh Mr. Expert DUI attorney…

  7. Michele Sailor says:

    He should defend himself now, he is an expert 🙂

  8. Grand says:

    gawd almighty I love to see this. I am willing to represent the perp for less than he’d f-you out of. I’ll only charge $250 and hour, $2500 retainer plus all legal costs, etc
    Funny when a bastid gets busted at his own game. I love it. 😉 🙂

  9. Hawkeyeter says:

    If he would have blown a .20 he would get to have the vanity whiskey plates! Go big or go home!!! Luckily no one was hurt and we can make fun of this dumba$$$!

  10. rocky says:

    It can happen to anybody who drinks alkie…..Ya just don’t know or think your over .08….and next thing ya know…..your in the slammer…..

    1. insignificant says:

      yepperoo rocky…much much less anxiety to just use a cab,designated driver,or guzzle some suds at home…

  11. just wondering says:

    I wonder if Amy got this guy as her lawyer?? LOL

  12. Kirk Allen Larson says:

    Must have been doing some “research” on the topic. Probably write it off as a business expense.