A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while impaired in Minnesota can result in some harsh penalties. Even in situations that involve no other infractions or aggravating factors, someone found guilty of drunk driving may face jail time, steep fines and license suspension. When facing one serious factor, driving with a minor in the vehicle, those who stand accused would be wise to build a strong DWI defense.

Recently, police arrested a 41-year-old woman for drunk driving after police received a call from a concerned citizen. The caller apparently informed police that the woman was driving erratically and had narrowly missed rear-ending several other vehicles. The witness claimed to have seen the woman drive through a red light while two children in the vehicle were screaming.

Police located the vehicle the caller had described and noticed a woman removing 4-year-old twins from the car. When officers questioned her, the woman allegedly displayed signs of intoxication, including bloodshot eyes. Police say she admitted to running the red light. Her preliminary blood alcohol concentration purportedly tested at .31, which is more than three times the legal limit.

A significantly high BAC, a traffic infraction and transporting minors while under the influence may intensify the administrative sanctions and the criminal penalties for a conviction. With so much as stake it may not be wise for someone facing such charges to take on a DWI defense without skilled assistance. An experienced Minnesota attorney can provide representation with the goal of minimizing the negative consequences of these serious charges.