In the aftermath of a DWI incident, one of the consequences you may face is vehicle forfeiture, or the permanent confiscation of your vehicle. You could face this administrative penalty if you were the driver at the time; but keep in mind that in some situations it could also happen if someone borrowed your car with your permission, and was arrested for DWI.Even before your case goes to trial, authorities may seize your vehicle. You could wind up losing access to it for some period of time. And if you’re convicted of your charges or plead guilty in the criminal justice system, your vehicle could be permanently forfeited.
Your vehicle may be subject to forfeiture under various circumstances, including the following:
- It’s your third DWI violation within the past decade.
- It’s your first or second violation, and there’s also some other exacerbating element such as a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .20 or a minor under the age of 16 in the vehicle.
- Suspected DWI with a license that had been previously canceled for reasons of endangering public safety.
- In combination with some of these other elements, refusal to undergo a chemical test.
If you face vehicle forfeiture, you really need an experienced Minneapolis DWI lawyer on your side. The loss of your vehicle is serious, affecting multiple areas of your life, including your ability to make a living or look after your family. It can also put a serious dent in your savings.
Don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help fight against both the criminal and administrative penalties you may be facing. By working with us, you’ll increase the chances of successfully combating vehicle forfeiture.