Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Minnesota DWI Effects (Explained)

Many of my clients are anxious to know how a DWI conviction will effect them, and for how long. The concern is that it not only limits your ability to drive --- but it also impacts your employment opportunities, effects insurance rates, carries with it a social stigma, gives you a criminal record, and acts as a "prior" for future DWI charges (heaven forbid.)  As a former prosecutor, and (now) as an expreienced Minnesota DWI Attorney, I have worked on thousands of case ... no two are ever the same, but one thing satys the same: A good defense can help clear the path for less problems in the future.

What You Need to Know

In Minnesota a DWI conviction will stay on your record for life ... and over the next 10 years (after such a conviction goes in against you) it can really cause problems.  Example: a second DWI within that 10 year period dramatically increases the penalties (criminal  and civil) you face if convicted again, and a fourth DWI within the 10 year period is a felony, punishable by sending you to prison.  
I have been successful in negotiating with prosecutors to reduce a DWI charge to a Careless Driving or even a non-alcohol related Reckless driving conviction under certain circumstances. (A lot of this depends on the facts of your case ... but, there is a good amount of wiggleroom (and things you can do to be the person worthy of such a result) but when it happens, it reduces the time a conviction may stay on your record ... even affording you a chance to have the matter Expunged.)  I can also help you to be able to help you keep your drivers license, and lessen the impact on your insurance.

If you want to avoid having a DWI on your record for life, call the Rolloff Law Office to schedule an appointment. I will review the facts of the case and see what if any negotiations can be done to reduce your conviction. Call to set up a free consultation: (612) 234-1165

1 comment:

  1. Great post, thanks for sharing. I have a friend who is in need of a defense lawyer in Langley. I really wish I could help her more but I've never been in this situation. I'll have to have her read this.