In Minnesota, drunk drivers already face heavy penalties and the risk of high fines and long prison sentences. If you're stopped for drinking and driving, you could face years in prison, even if you weren't involved in an accident that resulted in injuries. Just driving under the influence is enough to get you locked up in some cases.
The severity of penalties in the state is why it's important to make sure your case is handled correctly from the beginning; your attorney can help you protect yourself and your interests, so you don't receive penalties or punishments that don't fit your crimes.
The penalties in the state are already some of the harshest in the nation, but now a new law is calling for harsher penalties than those already in place when drivers have repeat DUI offenses. The new law, which has been identified as "Drake's Law," focuses on making penalties more severe for those who have be convicted of driving under the influence in the past, particularly if those arrests came after a collision with another person.
The bill now calls for anyone who has been previously convicted of a vehicular homicide or a driving while intoxicated charge to receive a 15-year sentence. Before this law comes into effect, those accused of multiple DUI crimes have a maximum of a 10-year sentence for the same crimes.
This legislation starts on Aug. 1, 2016, so if you're accused of drunk driving and it's not your first time, it's important to work with your attorney quickly to have your case resolved.
Source: KXRA's Voice of Alexandria, "Law Calls For Longer Sentence For Repeat Deadly DUI Drivers," May 16, 2016