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If you find yourself facing a DWI charge in Minnesota, you need to seek the assistance of a skilled White Bear Lake DWI attorney. A legal professional possesses the necessary expertise to develop a defense strategy that will work in your favor.

 

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White Bear Lake DWI Attorney

If you find yourself facing a DWI charge in Minnesota, you need to seek the assistance of a skilled White Bear Lake DWI attorney. A legal professional possesses the necessary expertise to develop a defense strategy that will work in your favor.

Penalties for DWI

Below is an overview of the typical penalties for a DWI conviction in Minnesota:

For a first offense, punishments may include:

  • A maximum of 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000
  • License revocation ranging from 90 days to one year
  • A possible requirement to use an ignition interlock device
  • Fees for license reinstatement

A second offense (within 10 years) may involve:

  • A minimum of 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $3,000
  • A license revocation ranging from 90 days to one year
  • A possible requirement to use an ignition interlock device
  • Fees for license reinstatement

Third offenses (within ten years) include:

  • A minimum of 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $14,000
  • A license cancellation for a minimum of one year
  • Vehicle forfeiture
  • License plate impoundment

The consequences of these penalties can follow you for a long time, especially if aggravating circumstances are involved. Therefore, you need to make it a point to consult with an experienced White Bear Lake DWI defense attorney who can challenge the charges and construct an effective legal strategy.

Minnesota’s Interlock Ignition Program

Minnesota enforces the use of an interlock ignition device through the Ignition Interlock Device Program. This option is beneficial for defendants who want to avoid a license suspension and wish to continue driving. To increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome in your DWI case, it is essential to rely on the guidance of a skilled criminal defense attorney.

According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), first-time DWI offenders arrested with a BAC of 0.16 (double the legal limit) and above, as well as second-time offenders, must use an ignition interlock device to retain their driving privileges. This requirement can last anywhere from one to two years.

For individuals with three or more DWI offenses within a 10-year period, the interlock device must be used for three to six years to prevent permanent suspension of driving privileges.

Offenders who are eligible for the interlock device will regain limited or full driving privileges after DWI sentencing.

Failure to use a court-ordered ignition interlock device can lead to long-term suspension of driving rights.

When drivers use an interlock device, in-car cameras record the breath sample test. The test and video results are also given to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for monitoring purposes.

In Minnesota, the BAC interlock limit is set at 0.02. To start a vehicle then, the driver must blow into the breathalyzer device. If they fail the breath test, the results are recorded, and the device locks out for five minutes.

To ensure a more favorable outcome in your DWI case, it is vital to seek the assistance of a DWI lawyer to develop a successful defense strategy. In some cases, they may even be able to get the case thrown out of court if certain steps were overlooked during your arrest.

Call A White Bear Lake Attorney About Your DWI Case

To schedule an immediate legal consultation, contact JS Defense today. Call our office or email Justin Schiks, DWI attorney, at justin@jsdefensemn.com. Act now to secure the legal defense help you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime,  you will need a good criminal defense lawyer to help with your case. To  qualify as a quality legal representative, an attorney should be  well-versed in state and local laws. In this case, it means having a  thorough understanding of Minnesota and Woodbury laws and statutes. A  good criminal lawyer will take the time to listen to your side of the  story. They will also approach a case based on the evidence and without  making any judgments based on a defendant’s perceived character.  Finally, a good attorney will allow the defendant to have control of how  the case proceeds. This means that they get to decide whether to take a  plea deal, testify at trial or make other important decisions. While an  attorney may not agree with those decisions and will advise as such,  the best ones respect whatever choices a client makes.
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After someone has been arrested, there are various  procedures that follow. First, their case will be given to the proper  prosecutor’s office where a decision of what charges -if any- will be  filed. A prosecutor isn’t bound by the initial charge decision, they may  change it later if more evidence is obtained. Please note that they  also have the right to a speedy trial. In Minnesota, this means that  they have to be tried within 120 days of pleading not guilty or within  60 days of demanding a trial. After that, is their arraignment. During  the arraignment, the judge will read the defendant’s charges, ask the  defendant if they have an attorney or needs the assistance of a  court-appointed attorney, ask the defendant how they plead to the  charges, decides whether to alter the bail amount or to release the  defendant on their own recognizance and finally announce the dates of  future proceedings in the case. They may be able to get out of jail  after their arrest and before the trial by posting bail. Posting bail is  the process of giving the court money to ensure that they’ll make an  appearance at future dates. If they do, the court refunds the money. If  they don’t, the court will keep it and be able to issue a warrant for  your arrest.
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Being arrested is serious, and if the police want to  speak with you after you have been arrested it is important that you  understand your rights. You have certain constitutional rights that  protect you when you are arrested by the police. Among these rights are:  (1) the right to remain silent, and (2) the right to speak with an  attorney. If you choose to give up these rights, anything you say could  potentially be used against you in legal proceedings. In contrast,  anything that you say to a lawyer is protected by the attorney-client  privilege and cannot be discovered by law enforcement or used against  you. When you are arrested, it is impossible to know what evidence law  enforcement currently has or what evidence they might develop in your  case. It is permissible for law enforcement to lie to you during  questioning and use other interrogation methods to influence your  statements. In addition, you will likely be under emotional stress due  to the arrest. If you are arrested, you should assert your  constitutional rights. Remain silent. Do not talk to the police. Request  to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can protect  you and give you the advice you need.
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After being charged with a crime you will face an  arraignment, which is also known as the first appearance. This first  stage of the criminal process is to ensure that your constitutional  rights are met. The charges and consequences you are facing are  explained in detail. This process was initially put in place for  individuals with literacy issues, comprehension, and language barriers.  Prosecutors are usually known to encourage most defendants to plead  guilty for less jail time or in accordance with the statistics of like  crimes. You must keep in mind that the prosecution works on behalf of  Minnesota state and not the defendant. Guilty pleas close their cases  automatically. The defendant is the one that either benefits or suffers  from their plea. It is imperative that you make your plea in accordance  with the charges and evidence presented against you. Obtaining legal  representation may be the best way to ensure your due process. During  this first appearance, a public defender will be assigned to you if you  cannot afford to retain private legal services.
Read More: What Does An Arraignment Mean?

A pretrial conference is a meeting that is held usually  about 30 days before the trial between the plaintiff, judge, prosecutor,  and defense counsel. This meeting is the perfect platform to ensure  that all evidence, charges, witnesses, and motions are legitimate. On  some occasions, there is sufficient evidence presented to drop the case  or acquire a conviction. Plea bargaining may come into play at this  point based on what is discussed. Other parties may also be invited to  this preliminary meeting as well at the discretion of the judge.  Deadlines are set in place for the discovery process, serving or filing  motions, plea bargaining, and trial proceedings. There are times when a  judge may schedule another pretrial conference before determining  whether a trial is necessary. Avoiding having to go to trial may or may  not be in your best interest. You want to make sure that your defense  team diligently seeks ways to decrease criminal punishment or discredits  the evidence brought against you altogether. The decision to go to  court should be one based on facts and in accordance with Minnesota law.
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There is a common misconception that if the complaining party in a criminal case does not want to cooperate with the prosecution or does not want to continue to press charges then the case will be dismissed. In reality, once someone complains to law enforcement, they have no ability to control how the case will proceed through the criminal justice system. Ultimately, it will be up to the County Attorney or City Prosecutor to determine whether a criminal case will proceed. Some complaining parties believe they can stop a prosecution from going forward by refusing to testify. What these people do not understand is that the County Attorneys and City Prosecutors have the ability to compel witness testimony through the subpoena process. If a witness disobeys a subpoena and refuses to testify, they can face serious consequences including fines and jail time. Rather than try to manipulate the outcome of a criminal case by refusing to cooperate or trying to drop charges, one should seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. By working within the system through an experienced attorney, you will have a greater chance of achieving your goal and having the charges dismissed.

Read more: Can You Drop Charges Against Someone Before Court?

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney Justin M. Schiks who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

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