Minnesota DUI Lawyers & Attorneys

Minnesota is cracking down on DWI laws and penalties, especially with the rising increase of drinking and driving incidents on the state roads.  Drunk driving statistics explain why Minnesota has such stringent DWI penalties in place.

The first thing you need to know about DWI charges is that your charge will depend on your previous offenses and aggravating factors present at the arrest. 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 alcohol concentration,
  • Having a child younger than 16 years of age in the car at the time of the DWI,
  • Refusing to submit to testing.

There are four different degrees of DWI charges under the State of Minnesota. They are as follows:

Fourth Degree DWI Charges

  • Typical for first offenders,
  • No aggravating factors present,
  • Tests between .08 and .15 blood concentration level,
  • Carries a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 in fines, and
  • Includes a 90 day license revocation.

Third Degree DWI Charges

  • Occurs if you have one aggravating factor present,
  • Charged as a gross misdemeanor,
  • Carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and/or $3,000 in fines,
  • Includes a one year license revocation, and
  • Mandatory 30 days in jail for those with prior DWI charge.

Second Degree DWI Charges

  • Occurs if you have two or more aggravating factors present,
  • Charged as a gross misdemeanor,
  • Carries a mandatory 90 days in jail sentence for those with two prior DWI charges, and
  • A potential three year driver’s license cancellation as inimical to public safety (I.P.S.).
  • Your vehicle may be subject to forfeiture.

First Degree DWI Charges

  • Occurs if you have three prior DWI’s or license revocation; or a prior conviction for Felony DWI or Felony CVO,
  • Charges as a felony,
  • Carries a jail time of up to 7 years and/or $14,000 in fines, and
  • Your license will be revoked by the State indefinitely.
  • Your vehicle may be subject to forfeiture.

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Keep in mind that DWI charges do not only occur on the main roads. You can also be charged with a DWI while driving a recreational vehicle such as a boat, an ATV, a golf cart and a snowmobile. Lakes, rivers, ice, snow, and off-road tracks are not exempt from Minnesota state driving laws; and thus, if you are found over the legal blood alcohol limit in any of these instances, you face the same DWI penalties and consequences as those found drinking and driving a vehicle.

DWI charges can also occur to those caught underage drinking. Under the “Vanessa Law” those under the age of 18 can face even stricter DWI charges.

In addition to this, there is also the “Open Bottle Law” which prosecutes drivers and passengers with open containers of alcohol in their vehicle.

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If you find yourself being accused of any of these DWI penalties, contact a DWI lawyer immediately in order to avoid these charges. Contact the Martindale Hubbell AV rated Sabby and Reyes Law Firm 24/7 toll free at 1-877-DUI-FIRM , 952-828-9000 , or 651-592-3350 and get the legal help you deserve. You will receive experienced, innovatve and aggressive representation in both Federal and State Courts.

Our Minnesota DUI Defense Lawyers represent persons throughout Minnesota including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Twin Cities, Anoka, Apple Valley, Andover, Becker, Big Lake, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Champlin, Chanhassen, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, Crystal, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River, Excelsior, Falcon Heights, Farmington, Forest Lake, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hastings, Hopkins, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, Lake Elmo, Lakeville, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, Long Lake, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Mounds View, New Brighton, New Hope, North St. Paul, Oakdale, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rogers, Roseville, Rosemount, St. Anthony, St. Louis Park, Savage, Shakopee, Shoreview, South St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights, West St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Zimmerman, and Woodbury. Including, but not limited to, the counties of Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Wright County, Dakota County, Washington County, Carver County, Scott County,  Sherburne County, Isanti County, Chisago County and Stearns County.