Driving while intoxicated (DWI), which may also be called “DUI,” is a charge you may receive if a law enforcement official believes you are operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are convicted of this offense, you may face a variety of penalties that impact your life dramatically. For this reason, you need to hire a DWI criminal defense lawyer to represent you in court as soon as possible.
About DWI/DUI Charges in Minnesota
You may be charged with DWI or DUI if you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher while driving a car. You can also be charged with DUI or DWI if you have any amount of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug in your system. You may face additional charges if you refuse to take a breath alcohol test.
Penalties for DWI/DUI
If you are convicted of DWI or DUI in Minnesota, the exact penalties you will face depend on several different factors. However, one of the most important issues affecting your sentence is the presence of certain aggravating factors. These factors include a conviction for DWI in the past 10 years, the presence of a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle with you or a BAC of 0.16 percent or higher. If you have any of these factors, your penalty will be more severe.
Sentences for DWI/DUI may include both administrative and criminal penalties. Examples of administrative penalties include plate impoundment, forfeiture of your vehicle and driver’s license revocation. Examples of criminal penalties include fines and time in jail or prison.
Hiring a DWI Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing DWI or DUI charges, a criminal defense lawyer who has experience in this practice area can help you minimize your chances of being convicted. If conviction is unavoidable, your criminal defense attorney can also help you negotiate a lighter sentence. Your attorney will also be able to answer any questions you may have about your case while it is pending.
Contact McDonough Criminal Defense
The Apple Valley DWI/DUI Attorneys at McDonough Criminal Defense have significant experience with DWI charges. If you are facing these charges, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.