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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. We are available 24/7.
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.
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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.
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1. Don’t Talk to the Police!
It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.
It’s important to note that:
- Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
- By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
- Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
2. Ask for a Lawyer!As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!
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