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DWI penalties will depend on your offense charge as well as your DWI history. Not only do DWI penalties come with jail time and fines, but you could lose your license, face plate impoundment, and vehicle forfeitures. DWI penalties can be confusing, especially to those not familiar with the law. This is why it is best to contact a professional DWI lawyer as soon as you are accused of any DWI crime.

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DWI Penalties and Aggravating Factors

There are several different aggravating factors that will determine your type of charge. If you do not have any aggravating factors, then you will most likely be charged with a misdemeanor. However, with each aggravating factor, your charge will likely increase and your penalty will be more severe.

Aggravating factors include the following:

  • The number of prior convictions within the last 10 years,
  • The number of prior driver’s license alcohol revocations within the last 10 years,
  • .16 or more blood alcohol level concentration,
  • Having a child younger than 16 years of age in the car at the time of the DWI, and
  • Refusing to submit to a blood, urine or breathalyzer test.

DWI Penalties Depending on Degree

Fourth degree DWI – A misdemeanor with maximum penalties of up to ninety (90) days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. You can expect a driver’s license revocation of up to ninety (90) days. However, with the right lawyer, it is possible to fight the charge and possibly REDUCE the sentence, be found NOT GUILTY at trial, or have the case DISMISSED.

Third degree DWI – A gross misdemeanor with maximum penalties of up to one (1) year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine. A third degree DWI occurs when the person has one aggravating factor present. You may lose your license for 365 days.  If you have had a prior DWI or prior alcohol related driver’s license revocation within ten years, there is a mandatory minimum thirty (30) days in jail.

Second Degree DWI – A second degree DWI has a harsher license revocation period (one year to three years) and for a third offense, a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 90 days.  It is considered a gross misdemeanor if you have two (2) or more aggravating factors. Your vehicle may be subject to forfeiture by the State.

First Degree DWI – A first degree DWI is a felony and has a potential sentence of up to seven (7) years in prison and $14,000 in fines. There is a six month mandatory minimum. This occurs if a person has three or more DWIs or License Revocations with a ten (10) year period. Your vehicle will be seized for forfeiture by the State.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

These penalties can be terrifying for anyone who has been arrested for a DWI. Regardless of whether this is your first offense or you are underage, you can still face criminal convictions and possible jail time. This is why it is so important to contact the Martindale Hubbell AV rated Sabby and Reyes Law Firm immediately after an arrest. We are here to help with your DWI arrest, assess your case, explain your options and offer experienced, innovative, and aggressive representation. We represent clients in both Federal and State Courts. Contact us today at 952-828-9000 , 651-592-3350, or toll free at 1-877-DUI-FIRM for your FREE CONSULTATION with a team of professional and experienced Minnesota DWI Defense lawyers.

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