Written by attorney Max A. Keller

Repeat DWI: What Happens If I am Convicted of a Second or Subsequent DWI in Minnesota?

As the number of DWI offenses goes up, so do the penalties. Multiple drunk driving arrests can land you in jail, place your job in jeopardy and result in the loss of many freedoms. If you have been charged with or arrested for a second, third or fourth DWI/DUI offense, talk to an experience criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights.

Penalties for DWI Second and Subsequent Offenses

If you have been charged with your second, third or fourth DUI or DWI, you face severe penalties such as:

  • For a second offense occurring within 10 years of a previous violation, there is a 30-day mandatory minimum jail term, a maximum fine of $3,000 and a mandatory One Year revocation of your license, and if you tested .16 or more on your second offense, your license is revoked for two years. Any second offense DWI within 10 years of the first offense is a gross misdemeanor that can result in vehicle forfeiture if you tested .20 or more, had kids in the car, or refused testing.
  • For a third offense occurring within 10 years of two previous violations, there is a 90-day mandatory minimum jail term, a maximum fine of $3,000, mandatory three-year revocation of your license and vehicle forfeiture.
  • A fourth conviction within 10 years of three other convictions is a felony and can bring fines of $14,000, mandatory jail term of 180 days, possible seven years in prison, vehicle forfeiture, and a four-year driver's license revocation.

A skilled, aggressive and experienced criminal defense law firm may be able to get your repeat offense DWI dismissed, OR you a sentence below the minimum mandatory requirements. These factors leading to a sentence below the mandatory minimum can include having a child at home, mobility issues, willingness to enter a treatment program or willingness to install an ignition interlock device.

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