Minneapolis and St. Paul DWI & DUI Lawyer
A patrol officer can pull a person over if they suspect that they have been drinking and driving. From there, they can perform field sobriety tests that can determine whether or not you need to be arrested and taken for breath, urine or blood testing.
This can be cause for a very confusing time. Perhaps you weren’t drinking or there are other factors that contributed to field sobriety testing or breath tests gone wrong. Whatever the case, it is important that you speak to a Pete Dahlquist who can help you get the best possible outcome in your case.
Even if this is your first time being charged with DWI, the penalties could be very serious. With experienced representation, you can get a better result.
Building An Effective Defense
If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, you are looking at more than just having your license revoked. There are other penalties that you may have to face based on the seriousness of the charges. For instance, there could be a number of aggravating factors present:
- A BAC of .20 or higher
- A previous DWI offense within the preceding 10 years.
- Having a minor under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the offense
Based on the circumstances, there are different degrees of DWI. They include:
- First Degree DWI – When there are more than three DWI convictions or license revocations within the preceding 10 years, a person can be sentenced to 7 years in prison and pay $14,000 in fines.
- Second Degree DWI – Two or more aggravating factors are at play at the time of the arrest. The result can be up to $3,000 in fines and one year in prison.
- Third Degree DWI – One aggravating factor is present at the time of the arrest. This can result in $3,000 in fines and one year in prison.
- Fourth Degree DWI – There are no aggravating factors present at the time of the arrest. The penalty can be $1,000 in fines and 90 days in jail.
These penalties come in addition to the collateral and civil consequences that result from DWI, such as license suspension and plate impoundment, and vehicle forfeiture.
Challenging The Civil Consequences Of DWI
There are a number of other consequences that come with DWI in addition to jail or prison time and fines. They include license suspension, plate impoundment, and vehicle forfeiture.
Your license can be suspended immediately upon arrest and the positive testing for drugs or alcohol. You could lose your license for a period of 90 days to 3 years or even face license cancellation, depending on the previous criminal driving history and whether or not there is refusal to submit to blood alcohol testing. Test refusal can result in one year of license suspension.
Plate impoundment occurs when license plates are forfeited to the state after being charged with a third degree, second degree, or first degree DWI or it is your first time and you have a blood alcohol reading at or over .16.
Vehicle forfeiture may occur if are charged with a first or second degree DWI. Fortunately, this is something that you and Pete Dahlquist can fight together in order keep your driving privileges. Just because you have been charged with DWI doesn’t mean that you are guilty of it.
Contact Pete Dahlquist
DWI, even a first-time DWI, can be very serious. It can result in a criminal record that can cause a number of issues with getting a job and achieving milestones in life that require background checks. If you have been charged with DWI/DUI, you can effectively defend yourself with the help of an experienced DWI defense lawyer. To learn more, call Dahlquist Law, LLC at 612-677-8357 for a free consultation.