Few people can function effectively without a driver’s license to get them where they need to go. While there are plenty of other options, such as public transportation, ride-sharing and other forms of travel, having a car and a valid Minnesota driver’s license allows for more flexibility and freedom. Losing one’s driving privileges is often only one of the inconveniences and setbacks a driver may experience after a DWI conviction.
Even a first-offense drunk driving conviction may result in a license revocation for a period of time. A driver convicted of a first DWI may have the option of installing an ignition interlock device or seeking a limited license to get to work or school. With each subsequent conviction, the length of the license revocation will get longer and the ignition interlock program will be the only option for continued driving. However, while under revocation, one must not drive without these allowances. Doing so may lead to more severe penalties, including:
- An extended time of license revocation
- Additional fines
- Additional criminal charges
- The cancellation of one’s car insurance policy, higher rates or requirements to carry high-risk coverage
- Being disqualified from the ignition interlock program, resulting in the complete revocation of one’s license
Reinstating one’s license after the revocation is over involves complicated and costly steps, and drivers can expect a significant hike in insurance premiums. Having an insurance policy in place is mandatory before the state will grant license reinstatement. Because DWI consequences involve these and other complications that can affect one’s life for months or years to come, it is wise to take every possible step to avoid a conviction and fight the revocation of one’s license.