Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. is proud that our very own, Attorney
Joe Tamburino appeared on WCCO radio last night to discuss the developments
in the new
DWI laws. Effective August 1, 2015, anyone who is caught driving with a blood-alcohol
content measuring over .16% will be considered having committed a gross
misdemeanor. This percentage is quite lower than what the current law
states qualifies as a gross misdemeanor, which is a blood-alcohol content of .20%.
What are the possible penalties under the new DWI law?
Attorney Tamburino shared his insight on last night’s program about
the new laws is that it will not necessarily affect repeat offenders or
those who are habitually caught driving drunk. He reported that a large
number of the DWI cases he defends are first-time offender cases, from
the average, everyday citizen with no prior
These individuals drive home from a wedding party or after a holiday celebration.
A person may consume anywhere between 6-7 drinks over the course of the
night, which may equate to a blood-alcohol percentage of .16%. These individuals
are then slammed with a DWI—these are the ones whom Attorney Tamburino
believes will be placed in a position that they would not normally have
been placed in prior.
Those arrested under the new law may face the following penalties if convicted:
- Driver’s license suspension for 1 year
- Possible jail time for up to 1 year
- Gross misdemeanor level violation
According to Attorney Tamburino, to reinstate the privilege to drive, the
individual must install an Ignition Interlock Device on their vehicle,
which bars an individual from driving their car unless they pass a breathalyzer
test attached to the device. He points out that the individual takes on
the cost of installation and renting the device, tacked on to fines from
the state, as well as possibly double the insurance rate hikes place an
immense amount of financial strain on those individuals.
They will also need to switch out their license plates to “W”
plates, also known as whiskey plates. These plates begin with the letter,
“W,” and will automatically identify a habitual DWI offender
or a first-time offender whose blood-alcohol content measured over .16%
when they were arrested.
Our board-certified attorney is here to help!
We at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. want to make sure that you
are prepared when the DWI laws take effect. The last thing you want to
have happen is to be caught unaware. Protect yourself and call our Minnesota
DWI attorneys today for legal counsel! We have been behind hundreds of
jury trials, with a successful and proven track record. We are also led
by a board-certified attorney, Joe Tamburino.
We are prepared to answer any and all answers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call us now!
You can listen to the entire interview at
this link here. Attorney Tamburino begins speaking at 18:10.