In Minnesota, the penalties associated with a conviction for drunk driving are steep. They may include time behind bars, steep fines, loss of driving privileges and more. You may find that even a first-time offense results in consequences that affect multiple areas of your life. One of these potential consequences includes the installation of an ignition interlock device in your personal vehicle.
An ignition interlock device measures the amount of alcohol a driver has in his or her system. When installed properly, the device will not allow the vehicle to start until the driver breathes into it. If there is .02% or more blood alcohol content in the driver’s system, the vehicle will not start. The installation of one of these devices is a mandatory requirement in most DWI revocation cases and all cases of cancellation as inimical to public safety.
The penalties you may face for a DWI
Whether or not one of the penalties you may face after a DWI includes the installation of an ignition interlock device depends on the details of your individual case, even if it is your first drunk driving offense. According to Minnesota drunk driving laws, an ignition interlock device is a mandatory requirement in cases in which it is a first DWI offense with a .16% or higher blood alcohol content, the second DWI offense within 10 years, or the third offense on record with one or two over 10 years. If it is your first, second, or third offense as just described, this requirement may not apply to you if you do not own or lease a vehicle for the duration of the revocation period and at the time of the offense was committed.
What are your defense options?
After an arrest for a DWI, you may be unsure of the specific penalties you could face or what you may be able to do to protect your interests. Whether it is your first offense or you have previous convictions on your record, you will benefit from learning about the specific defense options available to you. It is for your long-term benefit to develop a strategy that will allow you to effectively confront the case against you and fight for the preservation of your personal freedom and more.