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Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, PA

We have over a century of collective legal experience and have been practicing in state and federal courts across Minnesota since 1983.

Felony DWI Lawyer in Minneapolis

When Does DWI Become a Felony Offense?

DWI is a serious crime, and repeat offenses are punished severely. In the state of Minnesota, DWI crimes are considered misdemeanors, unless they meet one of the following three criteria:

  • The driver received three or more DWI convictions in the past 10 years
  • The driver has previously been convicted of a felony DWI crime
  • The driver’s impairment caused serious injury or death to another person

In the state of Minnesota, there is a ten-year “lookback” period that is used to determine if felony DWI has occurred through an accumulation of prior offenses. If a DWI conviction occurs ten or more years after a prior offense, the new conviction will be penalized in the same way as the first.

However, if a driver is convicted of DWI three times within a ten-year period, their most recent charge will be enhanced from a misdemeanor to a felony. If a driver’s intoxication leads to the death of a passenger, pedestrian, or other driver, they will also face a vehicular homicide felony charge.

Let our team of Minneapolis DWI attorneys fight your charges and protect your rights. Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. at (612) 444-5020. Our firm is available 24/7 to take your call.

The Penalties for Felony DWI in Minnesota

Minnesota places harsh penalties on individuals convicted of felony DWI. These punishments include a prison sentence of three to seven years (this may be increased if the driver has a prior record), a fine of up to $14,000, or both. Since a felony DWI conviction will leave a mark on your criminal record, you may also suffer damage to your reputation and increased difficulty finding employment in the future. With so much at stake, it is urgent that you seek legal representation from our firm right away.

Charged with Felony DWI? Call Our Attorneys 24/7.

If you have been charged with felony DWI in Minnesota, you can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In stressful and challenging situations like these, you need someone in your corner who can fight to protect your future. A Minneapolis DWI lawyer from Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., can help answer your questions and choose the best course of action for your case. You can rely on our 100+ years of combined experience to provide you with the tough defense you need.

We are standing by 24/7 to answer your call and get you started with a free consultation!

Put Our Attorneys On Your Side

Our team has 100 years of collective experience. Our lawyers, Allan Caplan and Joe Tamburino, are frequently featured on local news networks, including radio and television appearances on Fox and WCCO radio. This has helped Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. rise to prominence and gain a solid reputation of fighting vigorously not only for our clients, but also against the injustices they face when they have been charged with a crime or have been wrongfully injured.

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Recent Case Victories

  • Domestic Assault Charge Dismissed

    Defense: Negotiated dismissal of charges Outcome: Attorney Hillary Parsons spoke with the alleged victim who reneged on ...

  • Second Degree DWI No Executed Jail Time

    Defense: Negotiated probation and admission to Veterans Court Outcome: Client was facing a 90-day mandatory minimum ...

  • Theft Charge Dismissed

    Defense: Negotiate dismissal of charges after one year probation Outcome: Despite client having a recent theft case from ...

  • 5th Degree Drug Possession (Felony) Charge Dismissed

    Defense: Get charge reduced or dismissed Outcome: Client was charged with Felony 5 th Degree Drug Possession in Anoka ...

  • 3rd Degree Assault Not Guilty

    Defense: We won a Jury Verdict of “Not Guilty” Outcome: Joe Tamburino and Charlie Clas represented our client on the ...

  • Interfering with a 911 Call, Domestic Assault, 5th Degree Assault, Criminal Damage to Property and Disorderly Conduct Charge Dismissed

    Defense: Negotiate dismissal of charges after one year probation. Outcome: Attorney Carlson was able to convince the ...

  • 4th Degree DWI; Implied Consent Proceeding Reduction of Charges

    Defense: Negotiate reduced charge; motion to rescind license revocation Outcome: Attorney Urbas was able to resolve the ...

  • No Proof of Insurance/Warrant for Failure to Appear Charge Dismissed

    Defense: Get charges dropped Outcome: Client was charged with operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance. ...

  • Hit and Run – Occupied Vehicle Charge Dismissed

    Defense: Obtain Continuance for Dismissal Outcome: Client was charged with hit and run of an occupied vehicle in ...

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