Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dakota County DWI Questions

As a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney I get a lot of questions ... lots and lots of questions.  Here are some answers to the most frequently asked about Drunk Driving arrests.

What is BAC? 

Your BAC ... or blood alcohol content ... determines whether the government charges you with a DUI ... and at what level. In Minnesota, the BAC limit is (.08). If your BAC is (.08) or higher, police may arrest you for driving under the influence, or DUI. You may also lose your license.

What is an ignition interlock device? 

Ignition interlock is a device is used to monitor the behaviors of convicted drunk drivers --- attached to your vehicle. It requires the driver to provide frequent breath samples in order for the engine to start --- and for the vehicle to continue to operate.  According to state law, drivers whose licenses are canceled and whose privileges are denied as “inimical to public safety” are required to enroll in the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Device program in order to have their driving privileges reinstated.  Having this device in your vehicle can also help you to get back on the road sooner ... not having to have to wait-out the license revocation period.

Will I go to jail for my first DWI? 

Safe answer: It depends.  However, based on the facts of your case, you can avoid that shame.  A lawyer can help you, if the government is pressing for jail, help to negotiate an alternative too. 

Do I really need a DWI defense lawyer? 

No.  However, it can't hurt to talk to one ... or even hire one so as to increase chances of having the charges against you reduced or possibly dropped. 

Get answers to YOUR questions.  Schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with the Rolloff Law Office.  Call: (612) 234-1165

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