Minneapolis DWI Lawyers
One can be charged with operating a vehicle, boat, snowmobile or ATV while impaired by drugs or alcohol in Minnesota. Typically, charges come as a result of a breath, blood or urine test result of .08 or more or a positive test for a controlled substance. However, it is still possible to be charged with a DWI while testing less than .08. Refusing to submit to a test will result in the criminal offense of Refusal to Test, which carries similar, and often more severe, criminal and civil penalties.
The severity level of a criminal DWI or Refusal is based on aggravating factors and may be charged as a Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor or Felony level offense. There are generally severe civil consequences such as license revocation or cancellation, plate impoundment (whiskey plates) and even vehicle forfeiture. Those under 21 years of age are also subject to enhanced civil penalties as well as criminal charges. Drivers who possess a CDL endorsement are also subject to extreme civil penalties regardless of whether the DWI occurred in a CDL vehicle or not.
Depending on the level of offense charged, maximum jail sentences range from 90 days in jail to 7 years in prison. Maximum fines range from $1,000.00 to $14,000. 00. Mandatory minimum jail times and fines also apply in many instances.
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If you have been charged with a DWI of any kind or fear that you will be soon, call Kinsella and Foley Defense now at (651) 341-5367 for a free consultation.