In Minnesota, driving while intoxicated is a serious criminal offense. It can result in penalties that may range from loss of one’s driver’s license to time behind bars. The serious nature of an individual offense and the potential penalties that could come with a conviction depend on the details of the specific situation, including previous DWI offenses. One woman is facing serious legal repercussions after she had two drunk driving incidents in less than two weeks.
A serious case against her
In March of this year, the driver was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, as well as resisting arrest. Just 10 days later, she was arrested again for allegedly causing an alcohol-related crash. Back-to-back DWI offenses could result in severe penalties that may alter the course of her life, including a potentially extensive period of incarceration.
A few years earlier, the same driver was arrested for causing a drunk driving accident that resulted in the death of one person. The family of the person killed has spoken out, expressing concern regarding the woman’s ability to continue driving. On her criminal record, there are DWI offenses dating as far back as 2005, and she is currently under probation for a drunk driving incident in 2018.
Her rights as a defendant
Regardless of what is on a person’s previous criminal record, each individual facing DWI charges in Minnesota has the right to a defense. In this situation, the woman is likely facing grave consequences as a result of her recent arrests and past convictions. An assessment of her case with an experienced defense attorney can provide her with insight regarding the most effective defense approach.