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Minnesota DWI Penalties

Meaney & Patrin is a Twin Cities, Minnesota, law firm that focuses its practice on DWI/DUI/test refusal defense. Our lawyers provide clients with a high level of knowledge, strategy and dedication, resulting in exceptional legal help for fighting DUI charges. When you decide that you want to give yourself the best opportunity to reduce or eliminate Minnesota DWI penalties, speak with our attorneys to get started right away.

We could spend a lot of time on this page telling you what all of the statutory penalties are for different types of DWI offenses, but that will not tell you anything about how a particular prosecutor, judge or county will administer those penalties. The best way to find out what you are truly facing would be to call our office and tell us specific information about your situation.

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While a first drunk driving offense rarely carries jail time, there are exceptions and important consequences. Many people are worried about DWI fines or DWI insurance rates. Reducing, changing or, of course, eliminating the charges against you can alter the impact of your fines and your insurance costs for many years. Many people are not aware, however, that even a lesser offense or license revocation can enhance the charges against you should you be charged with some other crime or drunk driving offense later. We can help you understand your options and craft an appropriate DWI defense strategy. Getting your charges reduced to something like careless driving is a big step in the right direction, but it will not keep your record alcohol-free if you fail to challenge your license revocation.

Typically, your license revocation will begin automatically seven days after your DWI/DUI arrest. There are ways to potentially reduce, delay or avoid this consequence in many situations.

If your blood alcohol content tests over .16 or if there has been an accident or injury, the DWI penalties can be much stiffer. If you have been charged with felony DWI or CVO, you can visit our page devoted to these charges to learn more about an appropriate defense. Even the slightest injury to another driver or passenger can trigger increased penalties. There are ways to fight these cases to either get them dismissed or reduced.

A DWI second offense or other repeat offense is a source of great worry and something that many people feel embarrassed about. It is important that you seek out a quality defense for a subsequent drunk driving charge. Jail sentences are more frequent, but it is still possible to get alternative sentencing that will reduce the time you actually spend behind bars. We are ready to take your case as far as necessary to achieve your goals, no matter what level of DWI charge you are facing and no matter how many offenses you have on your record.

Our experience with the judges and prosecutors in the county courts throughout the metro area and Greater Minnesota benefits our clients. Wide variation exists in the way these authorities operate and the penalties they often impose. We can inform you of your options and craft an effective defense.