Penalties for a DWI/DUI in Minnesota can be severe. Possibility of jail, revocation of your driver’s license, criminal probation, and fines and fees all come with a criminal conviction for DWI/DUI.
Those who have been convicted of a DWI/DUI are facing possible imprisonment. For misdemeanor DWI/DUI the maximum possible jail sentence is 90 days. If you have a prior conviction for DWI/DUI (or an Implied Consent License Revocation) within the previous 10 years, if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is at or above 0.16, or a minor child (16 years or younger) is in the vehicle at the time of arrest, the maximum period of incarceration increases to up to one year. Penalties for a felony DWI/DUI (occurs with a 4 conviction for DWI/DUI in a 10 year period) could include up to seven years imprisonment.
First time conviction for DWI/DUI can result in fines up to a $1,000. If your BAC was .16 or above or a minor child was present in car at the time of arrest, fines could increase to up to $3,000. Subsequent convictions for gross misdemeanor DWI/DUI can result in fines up to $3,000. The maximum fine for a felony DWI/DUI is $14,000.
Up to two years of probation is possible for a first-time DWI/DUI conviction (misdemeanor). Gross misdemeanor probation can be up to 6 years. Probation often requires you complete an alcohol assessment or attend a victim impact meeting.
Loss of License
Those convicted of DWI/DUI also lose driving privileges for a specified period of time. First time DWI/DUI charges can result in license revocation up to 90 days. The revocation period can be reduced to 30 days upon a guilty plea or conviction. If you have a prior DWI/DUI conviction (or an Implied Consent license revocation) on your record, a subsequent DWI conviction (or Implied Consent license revocation) will result in increased revocation time.
A conviction for DWI/DUI carries many other possible negative consequences, such as increase in car insurance premiums, loss of employment or future employment opportunities.
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