Minnesota Vehicle Forfeiture Lawyer & Attorney

Minnesota drinking and driving laws contain provisions that allow Law Enforcement Agencies to seize your vehicle for forfeiture after certain drinking and driving arrests even if you are not charged or convicted of a DWI.  Vehicle forfeiture is something that can gravely impact your life, especially if you have a job to drive to and a family to provide for. By losing your vehicle, you are losing this element of freedom that allows you to enjoy life. Furthermore, you will have to rely on additional transportation and, if you need your license or vehicle as part of your job responsibilities, you may even lose your job.

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Vehicle Forfeiture Laws in Minnesota

Vehicle forfeiture may happen to you in the following instances:

  • If you are changed with a First Degree Driving While Impaired Crime. A first degree DWI conviction will occur if this if your fourth time offense, or an offense following a conviction for a felony DWI or criminal vehicular operation (CVO).
  • If you are charged with a Second Degree Driving While Impaired Crime. A second degree DWI conviction will occur if this is your second or third time offense, or if you are convicted with two aggravating factors present.*
  • If injuries result from an accident while drinking and driving, even if you are a first time offender.

*Aggravating factors in DWI cases include: if you have an alcohol concentration of .16 or more, if you have a child under the age of sixteen (16) in the car while arrested, if you have a prior DWI Conviction or License Revocation within the last 10 years.

What to do if you are Facing Vehicle Forfeiture

If you are served with a Notice of Vehicle Forfeiture there are ways to challenge these convictions and keep your automobile.  You only have sixty (60) days after receiving the notice of seizure and forfeiture to file the appropriate legal documents. As soon as you receive this notice, contact a drinking and driving lawyer to help assess your case and determine your options. Challenging and fighting vehicle forfeiture is extremely confusing.  However, with an experienced legal team guiding and helping you through the process, it is completely possible to keep your vehicle and avoid any additional charges and/or convictions. Sabby & Reyes have won many forfeiture cases. See Recent Cases.


There are a number of different defense strategies employed when challenging vehicle forfeiture.  The team at Sabby and Reyes Law Firm has over 35 years experience.  They will aggressively fight for your rights in your DWI criminal case, civil forfeiture case, and civil license revocation case.  Tina Sabby and David Reyes are experienced, innovative and aggressive lawyers. They will guide you through this process and legal maze and keep you thoroughly informed every step of the way.

Contact the Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Sabby and Reyes Law Firm to find out more about vehicle forfeiture and the various defense strategy options available. Sabby and Reyes provides expert legal advice in DWI and vehicle forfeiture cases as well as 24/7 assistance. Do not risk vehicle forfeiture. Contact them today at 952-828-9000 or, 651-592-3350, toll free at 1-877-DUI-FIRM for a FREE CONSULTATION.

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