Criminal penalty for a DWI in Minnesota

Posted by Eric Olson | Apr 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

After being convicted of a DWI or DUI in the state of Minnesota, the offender is subject to civil and criminal penalties that vary depending on the level and severity of the DWI or DUI arrest.

The penalty level is based on the number of times an individual has been found guilty of alcohol-related driving incidents, and or alcohol license revocations within the past 10 years.. The severity of the DUI or DWI conviction depends on the aggravating factors present at the time of the arrest including refusing to take a blood alcohol test, recording a BAC at or more than .16 or having a passenger at or younger than the age of 16 present in the vehicle at the time of arrest.

Because each DUI and DWI conviction results in different consequences, it is difficult to determine just how many consequences the offender will face. Below are all the potential criminal and monetary consequences that could affect an individual following a DUI or DWI conviction:

* Court-ordered treatment

* Community service

* Jail time measured in days

* Probation/parole fees along with the mandatory DUI and DWI arrest fees

* A permanent criminal record

* Fees and attendance to a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victim impact panel

* Minnesota county-based DWI/DUI clinics

* Mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) attendance

* Subject to random breath and urine testing to verify potentially imposed no-use restrictions

* Electric home monitoring

Each of these consequences may not apply to every DUI or DWI case; hiring an experienced and dedicated DUI attorney is the best way to determine which of the consequences will be enforced for your specific situation. If you or any of your family members have been arrested for a DUI or DWI in the state of Minnesota, contact Eric J. Olson for a vigorous defense and unrivaled results.

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Eric Olson

Eric J. Olson has dedicated his career exclusively to criminal law, with a focus onDWI defense. For the past 16 years, Mr. Olson has developed a reputation in the legal community as an aggressive, compassionate advocate for his clients.


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