Were You Charged With A Second-Degree DWI?
There are many different factors to a DWI offense and an arrest. The offense of a second-degree DWI can be punishable by a fine of up to $3,000 and/or up to one year in jail. In addition to this, your license plates, motor vehicle and even your license may be revoked. If you are facing second-degree DWI charges, contact Martin Law Offices, PLLC, in Minneapolis for experienced legal assistance.
Factors In Charging Second-Degree DWI
For an individual to be charged with a second-degree DWI, they must either have two prior DWI convictions or driver license revocations in the past 10 years and tested over .08% blood alcohol content (BAC) or have a current charge of DWI on their record.
Another way that an individual would be charged is if they had two or more additional aggravating factors present in their offense, regardless of their previous record. These aggravating factors include:
- A child in the automobile at the time of arrest
- Within two hours of the incident, blood alcohol content (BAC) test results of .2 percent or higher
- A refusal to participate in chemical testing
- A DWI conviction or alcohol-related incident (including license revocation) in the past 10 years of the incident presently at hand
These are very serious offenses and are treated harshly under state law. In the case of a second-degree DWI, the offense is at the level of a gross misdemeanor. In addition to the previously listed repercussions, alcohol counseling and an extensive period of probation will likely be part of the punishment in a conviction.
Get Started On Your Defense Today
If you have been charged with a second-degree DWI, it is imperative that you seek legal help immediately. Attorney Matthew Martin from Martin Law Offices, PLLC, is dedicated to analyzing each case thoroughly and ensuring his clients’ rights are not violated, especially in terms of the evidence and how it was collected. To learn more, contact the firm online or call 612-351-1787