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Written by attorney Max A. Keller | Nov 27, 2011

What if I got a DWI in Minnesota But I am from Out of State?

Out of State DWI Criminal Defendants in Minnesota

Were you simply traveling through Minnesota on a business or leisure trip? If you were and you were arrested for DWI, you need some assistance in your case. You need to call a qualified criminal defense lawyer in the Twin Cities to help you in your defense. The goal is to get you home as soon as possible and provide you with a defense that will work for you to the fullest.

However, the first thing you need to realize in your case is that you are not alone. There are many individuals visiting the state that have been pulled over for DWI. Although it may seem like every DWI lawyer is qualified to take your case, you should know that many attorneys are not qualified to take on the case of an out of state defendant.

Out of State DWI Defense

Although you may wish that your trip to Minnesota had been a more favorable one, know that you criminal DWI case can have better outcome. Being arrested while you’re far from home places you in very unfamiliar territory on a number of different levels. You may have been delayed on your return home and this can have an adverse effect on your family and your job. Being charged with a DWI may also have an adverse effect on your job.

When you hire a DWI defense lawyer, you will find that the process will move much more smoothly for you than it would if you try to represent yourself or get one of your local attorneys to try to handle the case. The goal is for you to not be in jail longer than you need to be. It is also important that you are on your way home as soon as possible. That way you can be home with your family and back to your job.

And even when you are home, it is possible for your defense attorney to stand in your place during your hearing. You may not have to physically attend court in Minnesota. This can keep you from having to make another trip to Minnesota for your hearing. However, if any other action is required from you, you will have to travel back to the state.

DWI Arrests & Charges

There are a number of consequences that you can face when charged with a DWI in Minnesota. Being that Minnesota is one of the 15 states that criminalize drunk driving test refusals, you could face:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Any other penalty that a judge sees fit due to your out of state status
  • Loss of your driver’s license, both in Minnesota and in your home state

Minnesota takes DWI very seriously because of the number of deaths that occur due to drunk drivers causing accidents. Minnesota takes a tough stance on in-state citizens and will also take a tough stance on out of state defendants in order to set examples and keep the roads safe. However, people do make mistakes. So, it is important that you have the proper defense to provide rebuttals to the evidence presented by the prosecution. There are a number of defense strategies that can be used by a criminal lawyer that have been quite successful in having charges dropped and penalties reduced.

Only a professional and highly skilled DWI defense lawyer can make sure your case is properly addressed and handled efficiently. Our DWI attorneys will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest, the arresting officer, obtain all video and audio recordings, interview any eye witnesses, handle all court appearances and documents, and guide you through the criminal justice system to your freedom and peace of mind. If you have questions regarding your DWI charges, potential penalties and risks, or strategies for defending your rights, call our law office at 952-466-6926 | 651-968-1130 or use our online contact form.

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