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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!

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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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What Our Clients Are Saying

  • “ Today I had a court appearance where your attorney, LIS CARLSON represented me. I must start at the beginning, MS. CARLSON returned my phone call to her with in an hour of my first call to your office. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the quick response to my call & most important how LIS immediately made me feel, she was professional, caring, her ability to immediately know that I was a total mess. Before she finished with my call she made sure that I was alright, her compassion for me was extremely needed. I immediately felt there couldn’t be a better attorney in the state better than LIS! Throughout this entire process, Lis was a pillar of strength. I was amazed at how she handled everything with extreme care & some very excellent, professional legal skills. I count my blessings but I count them twice when I came to LIS. The world needs more people like LIS, smart, intelligent, kind and caring.” - P.G.
  • “How do I ever thank you enough for your amazingly great strategy that got my case dismissed! ” - J. E.
  • “ Kayla Wengronowitz was my attorney in a claim against me involving Title IX and won my difficult and extensive case. She was a beacon of hope to me when my options seemed very limited. Kayla provided clarity for me to understand everything happening in the case, she made smart and calculated decisions, she made sure I was comfortable with every decision she made, and she responded to difficult situations seemingly with ease. Most importantly, Kayla was empathetic and provided comfort throughout the strenuous process. I am extremely grateful for her service and highly recommend her without reservation.” - Anonymous
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Recent Case Victories

  • Felony Drug Crime Avoided Jail Time

    Outcome: Client was charged with a felony drug crime in Hennepin County. Client had previous felony drug crimes on their ...

  • Traffic Violation Case Dismissed

    Outcome: Client was charged with a misdemeanor traffic violation. Attorney Kayla Wengronowitz was able to have the case ...

  • Gross Misdemeanor Indecent Exposure Not Guilty

    Outcome: Client was charged with Indecent Exposure after a woman claimed he was masturbating in his car in a public ...

  • Title IX Not Responsible

    Outcome: Client was investigated by a small private college in southern Minnesota for conduct which fell under both the ...

  • Multiple Driving Violations Acquitted

    Client was charged with Duty to Drive with Due Care (Speed Greater than Reasonable), Impeding Traffic, and Careless ...

  • DWI 4th Degree Reduction of Charges

    Client was charged with a 4 th degree DWI in Hennepin County due to operating a motor vehicle with a test result greater ...

  • Fifth-Degree Possession and DWI Stay of Adjudication Granted

    Outcome: Client, who was represented by attorney Hillary Parsons, was charged with DWI and felony drug possession after ...

  • Dog Bite Personal Injury

    Outcome: A young professional woman was visiting Minnesota on business when she was attacked by a client’s dog. She ...

  • Domestic Assault Case Dismissed

    Outcome: Client, who was represented by Attorney Hillary Parsons, was charged with domestic assault after an incident ...

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