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DWI Penalties Can Be Servere: Don't Just Plead Guilty, Make Sure You're Getting the Best Advice

If your alcohol concentration is .08 or higher and you control a vehicle, even if that vehicle is parked, you can be arrested and charged with a DWI. As a result you will face criminal charges and administrative driver's license sanctions.

More than 30,000 people are arrested in Minnesota for a DWI each year. However, a surprising number of these people do not hire an attorney to help them protect their rights through this stressful process. Do not be one of those people.

A capable attorney can guarantee that your constitutional rights are protected from illegal violations throughout the entire criminal process. Furthermore, an attorney at Caplan & Tamburino can achieve for you a better outcome on your case than you could achieve on your own or with less experienced counsel. The penalties for a DWI conviction are too severe to try to mount your own defense or simply plead guilty to the charges.

These penalties can have a wide range of consequences. Many offenders will be required to use ignition interlock or have their driving privileges revoked for 1-6 years depending on the number of past offenses and the driver's alcohol-concentration level. For your first, second or third DWI you could be charged with a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor, spend up to 1 year in jail and pay a fine of up to $3,000. Additionally, for a second offense you could be required to forfeit your vehicle and for a third offense your license could be cancelled. Finally, on your fourth offense you could be charged with a felony, spend up to 7 years in jail and pay a fine up to $14,000. Other penalties such as impoundment of your license plates and mandatory substance abuse treatment could also be ordered by the court at any time.

However, some or all of these consequences can be avoided with a stellar attorney on your side. Keep in mind that even when the evidence seems to be stacked against you, an attorney at Caplan & Tamburino and help you achieve the best result possible so that you can move on with your life.

We are available to advise you 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Please give us a call at 612-444-5020 anytime so we can help you protect your rights and achieve the best result possible.


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