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Minnesota Reforms DWI Law; Will Become Effective August 1, 2015


DWI laws have been toughened once again. Starting August 1, 2015, it is now a gross misdemeanor if you drive a motor vehicle while having an alcohol concentration of .16 or greater. Previously, it was a gross misdemeanor only if you had an alcohol concentration at a .20 or more. However, Governor Dayton has signed a law that lowers the gross misdemeanor limit to .16 or more.

This means that first time offenders will face up to one year in jail and the loss of driving privileges for one year, if they have a .16 or more alcohol concentration. It is imperative that you contact us immediately if you are arrested or have been charged with a DWI.

The law will state the following:

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 169A.03, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Aggravating factor…

(2) having an alcohol concentration of 0.16 or more as measured at the time, or within two hours of the time, of the offense.

How We Can Help

We understand that many criminal defense laws, including driving while intoxicated can be confusing to understand. When you are faced with the possibility of being charged, our Minneapolis DWI attorneys know you need answers now—and quickly.

With over 90 years of experience defending those who have been arrested or accused of very serious crimes, Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. is prepared provide you with answers that can give you peace of mind. This is especially helpful, as the laws can evolve and will continue to do so as we grow as a society.

It is always important to remember that the consequences of being convicted of any crime can place undue strain on you and your family, force you to pay heavy fines, and leave a blemish on your good name and reputation for many years after. When you come to us, we can give compassionate support and fierce legal representation so that you won’t have to go through the entire criminal process alone.

Contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. for a free consultation!


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