If you’re stopped and arrested for a DWI, you could be looking a number of consequences in your future. If you’re convicted of the charges against you, then you could be charged with anything from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on factors such as how many times you’ve been convicted for driving while intoxicated and if the stop was related to an accident that resulted in injuries or deaths.

Can you go to prison for a DWI?

For instance, if you’re involved in an accident in which a person suffers substantial bodily harm because of your actions, you could face up to three years in prison and have to pay a fine of up to $10,000. Your license can be suspended immediately and be revoked for at least two years.

What happens if you were a commercial driver when you got a DWI?

If you were a commercial vehicle driver at the time of any arrest for a DWI, it’s possible to lose your commercial driving privileges completely. That means you could lose the ability to work a job and provide for yourself or your family. If you have a commercial license and are arrested and convicted for a DWI while in a passenger vehicle, you can still lose the ability to gain a work permit, which can put your career at risk.

You can fight back against allegations that you were driving while intoxicated. You can question the breath test or if the officer had the right to pull you over. With the right support, you can defend yourself and work toward a solution to this problem.

Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, “DWI Consequences,” accessed Nov. 21, 2016