Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Minnesota DWI Consequences (Explained)
One of the non-criminal consequences of a Minnesota DWI arrest is the loss of your driver's license. As an experienced Minnesota DWI Attorney, I got lots and lots of questions about this issue. Here are some of the most popular.
How long will I lose my driver’s License?
The length of the revocation or cancellation of your driver’s license depends on many factors including your blood alcohol concentration - at the time of your arrest, whether or not you took the test requested by law enforcement, the number of priors you have on your record and the length of time between those offenses and your age.
If it is your first offense and your blood alcohol concentration was under (.16) your license will be revoked for as few as 30 days.
When can I get a work permit/limited license?
Again, a your eligibility for this special license depends upon numerous factors including, your recorded blood alcohol concentration, the number of prior offenses you might have, and whether or not you took the test.
If it is your first offense and your blood alcohol concentration is under .16 then you can apply for a work permit 15 days after the expiration of your temporary license. You can also get back on the road ASAP with Ignition Interlock.
How do I get my license reinstated or get a work permit?
This is well-defined process ... you need to jump through these hoops set-forth by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. If it is your first offense, you must: (1) pay the reinstatement fee, (2) make an application for a new license, and (3) take a written test on chapters 7 and 8 of the Minnesota Driver’s Manual.
There is a lot to this process that I can't include here. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Rolloff Law Office at (612) 234-1165.