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  • Going to court for dwi on atv - will i lose my car driving priv's also?

    I was stopped on an ATV and receivied a violation for DUI. My implied consent urine resulted in .11. I have a careless driving - alcohol related - on my record from over 12 years ago. Since this dui was on an ATV am i facing losing my driving r...

    Derek’s Answer

    My understanding is that your driver's license WILL be revoked if you are convicted of the DWI offense on the ATV, because you have a prior impaired driving related loss of license on record. The ten-year window doesn't apply to this provision of the law, unfortunately. Obviously you'll want to do everything you can to avoid the DWI conviction. Get an experienced DWI attorney retained ASAP.

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  • DWI 3rd Degree (blew .17) my 1st offense, need legal advice on how to proceed.

    This is my 1st offense, I am being charged with a DWI 3rd Degree because I blew .17 (gross misdemeanor) I was in jail for 24 hrs and have an upcoming court date. My license was revoked and my plates were impounded. I plan on scheduling a chemical ...

    Derek’s Answer

    There are a number of very good and experienced DWI defense attorneys in the Twin Cities who can give you the best chance of keeping this incident off your record. Your lack of prior history and your plan to get an alcohol assessment are both good things, but it won't be enough to convince the prosecutor to amend the charges or keep this off your record. Contact a handful of attorneys and get one retained so you can maximize the chance of keeping this off your record for your future.

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  • I live in ky and recieved a dui here and now florida is holding it against me suspended me for life how is this legal?

    it is a 4th in my life time dating back 25 yrs. 3 in florida

    Derek’s Answer

    If you hold a Florida license as your main license, this is certainly possible. If you didn't have Florida as your primary licensed state, then you may have something to argue about. Consult with an experienced Florida DWI attorney ASAP.

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  • Admin Per Se Paperwork for AZ DUI arrest.

    I was arrested for a DUI in Arizona. I took a breathalyzer and I tested high, .171 and .163. No blood was drawn. I was not given a citation. When I got home, I noticed in my paperwork I have all 4 copies of the admin per se/implied consent. I have...

    Derek’s Answer

    It sounds like there was an error by the officer with your paperwork. It's very unlikely that the officer will simply forget about the incident and it will just go away, but you would be wise to refrain from contacting the police or courts about this. Instead, focus your efforts on retaining an experienced DWI attorney who can help navigate this for you.

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  • DWI hearing cancelled?

    Daughter's father failed to appear at all previous hearings for his DWI. Today I see the court received his Chemical Dependency Eval Report his future court appearance is cancelled. What could be a possible reason as far as I know, he has no valid...

    Derek’s Answer

    There are many reasons for the activity you're seeing on the court website, including the possibility that the website isn't fully updated yet. If you have his DL number, you can also check his driving status on the MN DMV website.

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  • I got 2 DUI(s) in Faribault, MN in between 2006-2009. How can I get a Drivers License back?

    What else do I have to say?

    Derek’s Answer

    Most likely at this point you can pay the reinstatement a fees and apply for a new license. Contact the DMV to see what they want from you. Their number is 651-296-2025.

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  • I got a DWI in the state of Texas they're trying to charge me with 3rd DWI felony in my home state South Dakota it's only my 1st

    I have two DWI that are over 10 years old in the state of South Dakota and texts are trying to charge me with 3rd DWI felony what will happen in the state of South Dakota?

    Derek’s Answer

    You should worry first about what will happen in Texas, since that will be charged as a felony. You need to consult with a Texas attorney ASAP who is very experienced in DWI defense. You can find many on this website. As for South Dakota, they can't take criminal action against you but they can take action against your driving privileges if your home driver's license is from South Dakota. Consult with a South Dakota DWI defense attorney about those possibilities as well.

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  • Got charged with a DUI but have yet to receive a citation and court date. How long does it take to receive either?

    My dui wasn't a typical situation. My sister and I were getting taunted by a group of males who were surrounding my vehicle. This group of males were also badgering us in the bowling alley and both parties were asked to leave. The males then wande...

    Derek’s Answer

    You may have a defense to this case known as the "necessity" defense, but it is a very tightly defined concept. Consult with an experienced DWI defense attorney immediately and get someone retained. It's very common for the DWI charges to be filed weeks or sometimes months after the offense, so this weeklong delay shouldn't be interpreted as a sign that you won't be charged.

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  • If my DUI from dec 2008 had been dropped to careless, any way to get expunged from my DMV record so I can get a driving job?

    I have been trying to partner with Uber in Minneapolis and the background check with the DMV red flags me and until expungement I can not get a job with them. Is this even worth pursuing? DUI in 2008 has been dropped to a careless. Thank you for a...

    Derek’s Answer

    Driving record entries are generally not able to be expunged in Minnesota. The criminal conviction for careless driving may qualify however.

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