Understand What You’re Up Against: DWI Penalties In Minnesota
For decades, the consequences of a DWI conviction have been increasing every few years. Even a first offense can be more serious than most people realize. For this and other reasons, you should seek immediate legal help if you find yourself facing charges. And in Minneapolis, the firm to contact is Martin Law Offices, PLLC.
Below, you’ll find some helpful information about DWI charges and penalties in Minnesota.
What Constitutes Illegal Drunk Driving?
It is a crime to drive, operate, or be in control of any motor vehicle anywhere in the state when:
- Under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance
- Having a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 percent or higher
- Having any amount of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, other than marijuana, in the body
- The vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle and the driver has a BAC of .04 percent or higher at the time or within two hours of being pulled over
It is a separate but equally serious crime to refuse to submit to a chemical test of your blood, breath or urine under Minnesota Statutes, section 169A.52 (implied consent law).
Fighting To Mitigate Your Charges And Consequences
The penalties imposed by the court will depend on whether it is a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony DWI charge. How the case is addressed by a defense lawyer is a critical point if you are hoping to avoid conviction. Depending on driving record, prior convictions or arrests, DWI or DUI penalties can include:
- License suspension and loss of driving privileges
- Jail time
- Court-ordered treatment
- Community service requirements
- Administrative license revocation (ALR)
- Administrative license plate impoundment
- Administrative vehicle forfeiture
There are questions that should be answered early in the preparation of your case to help resolve the issue of what action your lawyer will take. Did the arresting officer base the arrest on probable cause, or did you agree to the DWI screening test? The answer to this question and many others will influence what penalties will be sought by the prosecuting attorney.
Free Case Evaluation Available When You Contact The Firm
You need the highest quality criminal defense when faced with any DWI charge. Martin Law Offices, PLLC, is prepared to evaluate your situation and determine how to move forward and fight to avoid serious and long-lasting negative consequences of a conviction. To get started, call 612-351-1787 or fill out the firm’s online contact form.