I Was Charged With DUI. What Happens Now?
DWI arrests are intimidating and scary. They negatively affect your future. Your most effective defense starts when you hire a well-informed and prepared legal team at Meaney & Patrin, P.A.. We have seen the most complex DWI situations and know the proper steps that need to be taken. We know what is likely to work in your defense.
If you are convicted, you could face a variety of negative effects. There could be jail time, large fines, expensive court fees, loss of your driving privileges, license plate impoundment, monitoring, higher insurance premiums and vehicle forfeiture.
If you can drive, you could be required to have an ignition interlock device. It tests your breath for alcohol before your car will start. We cannot guarantee your outcome, but we can almost certainly promise that you won’t enjoy the process.
First-Time DWI Charges Require Strong Defense
There are almost 25,000 impaired driving incidents in Minnesota each year. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety, one out of every four Minnesota drivers has at least one DWI. MDPS reports that about 60 percent of all violators have no prior alcohol-related driving incidents.
Regardless if you had a clean driving record before your arrest or not, you are still facing at least a misdemeanor criminal charge.
Administrative Problems Can Be Considerable
If you lose your driver’s license, you must pay:
- Driver’s license examination fee
- DWI reinstatement fee
- A surcharge of almost $700
- Possible license plate impoundment fees
License Reinstatement Costs Can Be Excessive
If you want to drive during your license revocation, you probably will be required to pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device, as well as service, monitoring, and insurance costs. Restrictions are likely to be placed on you that only let you drive to work, school or treatment.
You want to protect driving privileges, to stay out of jail and avoid all the other negative outcomes. An experienced lawyer can educate you, protect you and guide you through the process. Not only will it be reassuring for you, but it could ultimately make the difference in your outcome.
Minnesota’s DWI Lawyers Are Ready to Help You
Our experienced DWI attorneys at Meaney & Patrin, P.A.., are available for a free consultation. If you face a DUI in Minnesota, you need help navigating the complex legal system. Knowledge makes a difference. Don’t go to court alone. Call 612-223-6327 or complete our online form.