Driving while intoxicated – known as DUI or DWI – is a serious criminal conviction that can impact more than just your driving record.
If you are caught drinking while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you could be facing license suspension, fines or even jail.
DWI charges can also be laid if you are found with drugs in your system, if you are operating a boat (BWI), if you are operating a snowmobile (SWI) or if you are operating any other vehicle under the influence on or off the roads.
It is important to contact a Minneapolis DUI criminal defense attorney as soon as you have been accused of a DWI offense on (612) 339-3939.
Facing a DWI Conviction?
If you are facing a DWI conviction, you could be looking at a misdemeanour, gross misdemeanour or felony offense depending on your history and the aggravating factors present during the arrest.
Aggravating factors include the following:
- If you have a prior DUI incident within the ten years preceding the current offense
- If you refuse to provide a urine or blood test, or if you refuse the breathalyzer test
- If you have a child under the age of 16 in the car with you
- If you have a blood alcohol reading of .20 or higher
What is at stake?
Regardless of what degree of DUI you are facing, there is a lot at stake if found guilty. You may be looking at the following penalties and consequences:
- Jail time (for misdemeanour offenses you could be facing up to 90 days in prison, for gross misdemeanour offenses you could be facing up to 1 year in prison, for felony offenses you could be facing up to 7 years in prison)
- Fines ($1,000 to $14,000 depending on the charge)
- License revocation
- License suspension
- Whisky plates
- Driver’s education training
- Poor driving record
- A black mark on your criminal record (which cannot be expunged)