When Is A DWI Charged As A Felony?
The factor that distinguishes felony DWI from ordinary DWI is your driving history. Three past DWI convictions within a 10-year period will result in a felony charge with significantly harsher penalties.
Criminal defense attorney Bruce Rivers understands that effective DWI defense is more than knowing the statutes on the books. It requires knowledge of each previous case along with an understanding of the shortcomings of Breathalyzer technology, blood tests and the subjective nature of field sobriety tests. Take apart the prosecution’s case, and it is much more likely to have the charges against you dismissed.
Stiff Penalties And Treatment Requirements
Felony DUI is not an easy charge to defend against. Prosecutors see you as an incorrigible habitual offender. They may see their role as protecting the public against recurrences and to avoid future negative publicity by putting you away now.
If convicted of a DWI offense, you will not be eligible for early release until you complete alcohol or drug treatment. Your release will be conditional based on any requirements the court imposes. Fail to meet these conditions and you could be sent back to prison.
Talk To A Seasoned Defense Attorney
You have so much to lose with a felony DWI or vehicular manslaughter conviction. Bolster your defense by hiring a lawyer who is board certified in criminal defense by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a criminal trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Call Minneapolis DUI/DWI defense attorney Bruce Rivers the moment you, a spouse, friend or child is arrested. Let Bruce do your talking, your freedom may depend on it. Contact him by using this email form or calling 612-915-0355.