The formal term for drinking and driving charges in Minnesota is DWI, short for driving while impaired. The penalties for DWI have become more harsh in recent years, and even a first-time offense will result in a revocation of your driver's license.
An important part of our client service in DWI defense is protecting your interests in license revocation/Implied Consent hearings and applications for limited driver's licenses so that you can at least commute to work.
Minnesota DWI Penalties
There are two tiers of penalties for Minnesota DWI convictions, including guilty pleas, depending on the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) evidence used against you.
Driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater is punished less severely than driving with a BAC of .20 percent. For commercial drivers, the maximum allowable BAC is .04 percent, and for persons under 21, a BAC as low as .02 percent can result in a conviction. The penalties involve jail time, which is often suspended for first offenders, heavy fines, and license revocation of varying lengths depending on your BAC and how many DWI or DUI convictions you have had in the last ten years.
What To Look For
At The Rolloff Law Office, our attorneys will not only analyze the circumstances of your arrest and the details of your field sobriety and blood tests to see whether your case can be defended on the merits, but we also look to your broader situation to protect what you have to lose. Whether your biggest concern is auto insurance, a probation violation, a professional license or security clearance, or even the forfeiture of your car or truck, we work with you and the prosecution to protect you from the worst possible consequences of the charge.
Different Minnesota counties handle DWI cases in different ways. As an experienced Minnesota DWI Attorney, I have been in almost every county in the state ... working with some prosecutor who allow plea negotiations based on the specific circumstances of the evidence and the defendant's situation, while others are not as flexible. My experience with the effective defense of DWI charges can help you make the right decisions based on a realistic appraisal of your risks.
For a free consultation about our ability to represent your interests effectively in defense of serious DWI charges, contact an attorney The Rolloff Law Office at (612) 234-1165