Wednesday, January 2, 2013

What Does a Minnesota DWI Cost? (Explained)

Minnesota Drunk Driving charges come with severe penalties.. In addition to  license revocations, you could also be facing a HUGE fine and a conviction for a misdemeanor or even a felony - which means jail time.  Costs associated with a Minnesota DWI go well beyond the fees of an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.

Driver’s License Reinstatement

Fines related to your license being revoked depend on whether this is your first conviction or second DWI. These fees are nothing compared to the long-term costs associated with being convicted of a third or fourth offense. If that should happen, your license is cancelled indefinitely and/or you could go to jail for up to seven years.

If your driver’s license is revoked in Minnesota, you’re required to pay a reinstatement fee plus a license application fee for either a first or second conviction.  Total cost --- around $700

Alcohol Awareness Classes

Your history of DWI arrests, the circumstances of current arrest - such as your blood alcohol content (BAC) and your score when you completed a chemical health evaluation - determine how many hours you are required to attend classes as part of your probation requirements. Costs range from $250 – $400 for a 12-hour program and a 24-hour program, respectively.

Legal Fees

Because every case is different, a reputable attorney will not charge you for the initial consultation. During the consultation, the lawyer will learn all the facts and circumstances involved in your particular case. Most reputable criminal defense lawyers charge a “flat” fee, which ensures representation throughout the trial, regardless of the number of hours the lawyer works on the case or whether the case is dismissed or resolved through plea negotiations.

For more serious cases such as a fourth drunk driving conviction where jail time is likely, the higher the cost will be to defend you. For lower level crimes such as first offenses where probation or fines are likely, the price is less.

Like in all industries, when it comes to legal representation, you get what you pay for.

Let's stop this madness --- call today to get the answers you need.  Rolloff Law Office - (612) 234-1165

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