Multiple DWI Offenses in Minnesota
Protect Yourself Against Serious Penalties
DWI conviction is always a serious offense, but did you know that multiple
DWI offenses in Minnesota could result in enhanced charges? The more DWI
arrests a person has had in the last 10 years, the greater the penalties
they will face. Jail time will be longer, fines will be higher, and the
severity of the charge could increase from a misdemeanor to a felony.
If you are facing repeat DWI charges, there is still hope for legal defense. Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. to speak to a lawyer today!
How Multiple Offenses are Determined in Minnesota
Minnesota law has what is referred to as a ten-year “look-back”
period that is used to determine whether a repeat DWI offense has occurred.
This means that a DWI conviction can be used to enhance a subsequent offense
for a period of ten years. For example, if you received a DWI twelve years
ago and another DWI today, your
second offense would be punished in the same way as your first. However, if you received
a DWI eight years ago and another today, your new DWI would be enhanced
to a more severe charge.
Enhanced Penalties for Multiple DWIs
For a first DWI offense with a BAC of .20 or less, the driver will be sentenced
to up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000, and may possibly have
their license revoked, their vehicle impounded, or have an Ignition Interlock
Device (IID) installed in their car.
Without any other aggravating factors, like having a BAC of .20 or more
or having a child in the car, the first offense is classified as a misdemeanor.
Otherwise, the charge escalates to a gross misdemeanor, and is treated
the same way that a second or third offense would. Gross misdemeanor charges
include a one-year jail sentence and/or a $3,000 fine, and require whiskey
plates to be installed on the vehicle which will make your vehicle more
recognizable to law enforcement.
A fourth DWI in ten years is classified as a felony in Minnesota and is
punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to $14,000,
vehicle forfeiture, license cancellation, and more.
Seek the Help of Experienced DWI Lawyers
If you are facing a second or subsequent DWI charge, legal defense may
still be an option for you. Contact the Minneapolis DWI attorneys from
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. to discuss what options are available
for your case. We may be able to challenge the admissibility of evidence
gathered against you, especially if it was obtained by violating your
rights, and may be able to help you avoid jail time by voluntarily getting
onto the ignition interlock program.
For a complimentary and confidential
consultation, please contact our firm at (612) 444-5020.