DWI / DUI
Penalties for a DWI/DUI in Minnesota can be severe. Possibility of jail, revocation of your driver’s license, criminal probation, and fines and fees, just a few. If you’ve been arrested for DWI/DUI, you should know that there is hope.
Several legal defenses are recognized in Minnesota criminal courts to fight your DWI charge. If the police violated your Constitution rights in any way, you may be able to get your DWI charges dismissed entirely or significantly reduced.
⇒ Incarceration – Those who have been convicted of a DWI/DUI are facing possible imprisonment. For misdemeanor DWI/DUI the maximum possible jail sentence is 90 days. If your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is at or above 0.16 or a minor child (16 years or younger) is in the vehicle at the time of arrest, the max period of incarceration increases to up to one year. Penalties for a felony DWI/DUI could include up to seven years imprisonment.
⇒ Fines – First time conviction can result in fines up to a $1,000. If your BAC was .16 or above or a minor child was present in car at the time of arrest, fines could increase. Subsequent convictions for gross misdemeanor DWI/DUI can result in fines up to $3,000.
⇒ Probation – Up to two years of probation is possible for a first-time DWI/DUI conviction. Probation often requires you complete an alcohol assessment or attend a victim impact meeting.
⇒ Driver’s license revocation – Those convicted of DWI/DUI also lose driving privileges for a certain period of time. First time DWI/DUI convictions could result in your driving privileges being revoked for 30 days. If you have a prior DWI/DUI conviction (or an Implied Consent license revocation) on your record, a subsequent DWI conviction (or Implied Consent license revocation) will result in increased revocation time.
⇒ Collateral Consequences – A conviction for DWI/DUI carries many other possible negative consequences, such as increase in car insurance premiums, loss of employment and damage to your reputation.
Not all DWI/DUI charges are LEGAL!
Neuville Law Office has handled all types of DUI cases, over 200 cases and counting. It is not uncommon for police officers to make errors while investigating someone for DWI/DUI. Law enforcement officers and breath test operators sometimes make mistakes that many untrained, non-attorneys would never even notice! Additionally, the breath test machine (DataMaster) isn’t always accurate and the results of the breath test can be challenged in court.
Additional defenses to DWI/DUI include challenging the rate at which your body absorbs alcohol. For example, your BAC may have been less than the legal limit (.08) when driving but your breath test may have shown a higher level because the alcohol was more fully absorbed into your blood by the time the DataMaster test was administered.
At Neuville Law Office, a thorough review of the evidence is conducted on every single case to identify any mistakes by the police and expose those errors in court. At Neuville Law Office, it is understood that your freedom and reputation are of the highest importance. If you have been arrested for DWI, it is important you retain a qualified and experienced attorney as soon as possible as there is a small window of time to challenge certain aspects of your DWI case.