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Minneapolis DWI Lawyer

Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialists on Your Side

We are familiar with the questions you may be asking after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Our team at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. is here to help you if you face drunk driving charges. Our DWI lawyers handle a variety of drunk driving cases, including:

  • Driving an automobile while intoxicated
  • Boating while intoxicated
  • Snowmobiling while intoxicated
  • Operating an ATV while intoxicated

If you or someone you love has been arrested for any of these charges in Minnesota, the penalties you could face are nothing to ignore. These penalties may include heavy fines, jail time, license suspension, and possibly even court-ordered installation of an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle.

Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. can help you by informing you of your rights, helping you protect your interests, and giving you the advocacy you need to pursue the best possible resolution. We are here to answer your questions and make sure you feel confident about the direction of your case.

Ready to fight your DWI charges? Get Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. on your case!


New Law in Minnesota Has Lowered the Alcohol Limit

As of August 1, 2015, a law was passed to lower the blood alcohol concentration threshold for enhanced charges. Drivers with elevated BAC levels of .16 or more will be charged with Gross Misdemeanors. This aggravating factor poses more severe penalties, including a one-year loss of driver’s license and up to one year in jail. Prior to this law, the aggravating limit was .20. It is a clear indication that Minnesota authorities makes DUI enforcement, and penalties, a priority.


Penalties for a First-Time DWI Offense in Minnesota

In Minnesota, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater. If your BAC is between .08% and .16%, you will be charged with a misdemeanor.

The penalties for a first-time DWI offense may include:

  • Maximum 90-day jail sentence
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • 90 days of no driving privileges
  • Ignition interlock device (IID)

If your alcohol concentration level exceeds 0.16%, you could be charged with a gross misdemeanor. Penalties may include up to one year in jail, $3,000 in fines, and one year of no driving privileges.

DWI & Enhanced Penalties

Minnesota is tough on DWIs that involve aggravating factors. Under state law, you can face more serious charges, including felonies in some cases, and enhanced penalties if certain aggravating circumstances are involved in your case. These factors include:

  • Prior DWIs
  • Higher BAC levels
  • Minor passengers
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Accidents and property damage
  • Accidents causing injury or death

With over 100 years of collective legal experience, our team has accumulated the experience and insight to handle the full range of DWI charges, from underage DWI andDWI drugs to vehicular homicide. We also represent clients facing issues involving vehicle forfeiture, license revocation, and commercial driver's licenses.

Act Fast – Call Us 24/7 for a Free Consultation!

The truth is, disregarding criminal charges of any type will never yield a good result. It is important to be proactive. After all, this is your life and future at stake. Speaking with the criminal defense attorneys at our firm, Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., is a good way to take ownership of your situation.

Our firm is uniquely qualified to assist you, and we are prepared to answer your questions and provide the counsel you need. We have a long history of success in handling DWI cases. Our Minneapolis DWI attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience, and we have handled hundreds of jury trials.

You can rely on us for tough defense during this pivotal time. Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. today at (612) 444-5020 to set up a time for your free case evaluation at our office!