In addition to civil consequences, you can face criminal penalties in the State of Minnesota for driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI). If you are convicted of a DWI or DUI you could be sentenced to court-ordered treatment, community service, jail time, probation, and fines and fees.
Minnesota's DWI criminal consequences can include:
- Mandatory jail sentences – measured in days
- Mandatory fines, surcharges (taxes), fees and probation supervision fees
- Permanent criminal record
- Probation or parole
- Chemical dependency evaluation and following the recommendations as to alcohol / drug treatment / education / aftercare
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victim impact panel
- Various county-based DWI clinics
- Mandatory attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- No-use or possession of alcohol / non-prescribed controlled substances
- Random breath / urine testing to verify compliance with no-use restrictions
- Community work service hours
- Sentence-to-Service (work crew) – measured in days
- Electronic home monitoring
In the State of Minnesota, the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08. If you are arrested for drunk driving and your BAC tests at .08 or higher, you will be charged with a DWI / DUI offense and subjected to Minnesota DWI laws and related consequences.
Contact Olson Defense and learn more about building your defense against criminal DWI charges.