The Dakota County attorney's office recently released a report detailing the number and type of charges that were filed for 2011. The report showed that the number of adults charged by Dakota County with a
felony of any type in 2011 increased by 17% when compared to 2010. However, the number of adults charged by Dakota County with
felony DWI in 2011 increased by 35% over 2010. The report demonstrates an increase in prosecutions and the level of charges being levied.
In Minnesota, a felony is defined a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one-year. The charge of felony DWI is punishable in Minnesota by imprisonment for up to seven years and or a fine of up to $14,000. In addition, a conviction of felony DWI requires that a person be sentenced to a minimum of 3 years in prison. Keep in mind that the criminal penalties associated with a DWI are just the beginning. A conviction for DWI can also involve the
suspension of the person's driver's license,
vehicle forfeiture,increased insurance costs, and
other collateral costs.
What does this mean for me?
Felonies are serious charges and if you have or will be charged with a felony, it is crucial to contact an experienced Criminal Defense attorney for a