Protect Yourself And Your Driver’s License After A DUI/DWI Arrest

Criminal charges involving alcohol such as DUI/DWI are serious and often lead to very serious short-and long-term consequences. 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 DUI/DWI 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 DUI/DWI, 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 a lawyer before you decide to plead guilty or not guilty. DWI charges are much more complicated than they appear. There are many challenges that an aggressive and experienced attorney can raise that can drastically change the outcome of the 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.

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.

A First Offense Has Serious Penalties

All DUI/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 Minnesota, a first DWI 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 DUI/DWI with aggravating factors such as prior DUI convictions, prior license revocations and high test results. In these cases, which are gross misdemeanors, 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.

With an experienced 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 lawyer early in the case before certain deadlines expire.

We Will Work To Minimize The Consequences

Don’t let a DUI/DWI 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.

Please call our Minneapolis area office 24/7/365 at 952-540-6800 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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