Minneapolis DUI/DWI Lawyer
If convicted of a drunk driving offense, you will be subject to fines and fees, the loss of your driver’s license and a potential jail sentence.
Your auto insurance rates may rise or your coverage may be terminated. In addition, your job and educational opportunities may be affected if a drunk driving conviction appears on background checks.
In certain situations involving multiple offenses, the state may attempt to forfeit your vehicle. It is important to understand that pleading guilty to a DUI, even though it is a traffic matter, is still a criminal conviction.
You have the right to challenge the charges against you and to consult an experienced DUI lawyer before you decide to plead guilty or not guilty. Drunk driving charges are much more complicated than they appear.
There are many challenges that an aggressive and experienced DUI attorney can raise that can drastically change the outcome of a drunk driving case. These challenges often include the legality of the traffic stop, the probable cause for arrest and the accuracy and validity of the blood alcohol test. If there is a test refusal, we can challenge whether that refusal was reasonable.
If you are worried about losing your freedom and want to challenge the charges you face, let’s talk.
A Minneapolis DUI Attorney Can Protect You
At The Law Office of John J. Leunig, we represent adults and juveniles charged with drunk driving, refusal to test, BWI (boating while intoxicated) and criminal vehicular homicide and operation. We have successfully handled thousands of alcohol-related cases, and we take these cases seriously.
Penalties for Minneapolis Drunk Driving Charge
All DUI and DWI convictions have real consequences, even for a first offense. Penalties increase in severity with subsequent offenses. You will also face harsh consequences from the Department of Motor Vehicles for chemical test refusal.
In Minneapolis, a first drunk driving offense is a misdemeanor. Depending on the case, penalties for conviction may include:
- Up to 90 days in jail
- Up to a $1,000 fine
- License revocation from 90 days to one year, depending on the test result
- License reinstatement fees of $680
Charges and penalties are increased for a DUI or DWI with aggravating factors such as prior drunk driving convictions, prior license revocations and high test results. In these cases, the maximum penalties are up to one year in jail and a fine of $3,000. Many times, these include mandatory jail sentences. Juveniles charged with underage DUI/DWI will face harsher penalties as well.
Get the protection you desearve with an experienced DUI attorney representing you. It is possible to successfully challenge field sobriety and chemical test results, challenge police procedures and prevent the loss of your driver’s license. You can also contest vehicle forfeiture and license plate forfeiture if you hire a DUI lawyer early in the drunk driving case before certain deadlines expire.
DUI Attorney Free Consultation
Don’t let a drunk driving charge ruin your life without putting up a fight. Through our extensive experience, we know what needs to be done and how to do it.
To get fast help on your drunk driving charge, call our Minneapolis area office at 952-540-6800 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
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