Everyone makes mistakes, and if you do, you need the assistance of a qualified and experienced DWI criminal defense attorney to provide professional, aggressive representation, while protecting your rights and using every tool at our disposal to ensure an outcome that minimizes the impact on you, through a discrete plea agreement, or an aggressively contested trial. We can help you address the loss of your drivers license, potential car forfeiture, interlock ignition starter and help put you in the best position to move past these damaging and frightening criminal charges.
The government seems to have declared war on drunk driving. Almost every year the DWI laws seem to get stricter and the punishments more severe. It is critical that the attorney representing you stays current on the changes in DWI laws. I routinely attend state and national legal conferences to stay current on the latest legal and scientific developments. This allows me to use the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your defense to the charges.
Every DWI charge has two separate and distinct parts: 1. the criminal charges; and 2. the drivers license revocation. Generally you are given a court date for the criminal charge when you are released from custody. The Courts usually try and expedite DWI cases. A challenge to the revocation of your drivers license must be made within 60 days of receiving the notice of revocation. If a formal challenge is not filed with the court, the drivers license revocation automatically goes into effect.
Minnesota has four degrees of criminal DWI offenses. They range from misdemeanor 4th Degree (first time offense with a blood alcohol test over .o8) to 1st degree felony DWI (fourth DWI in ten years). To determine the level of DWI charge, you have to determine how many aggravating factors are present. Aggravating factors include: a prior impaired driving incident; a test over .16 and having a child under 16 in the car.
The specific level of charge is critical because higher levels can have mandatory minimum jail sentences, longer drivers license revocations, mandatory bail, longer probation terms, impoundment of license plates and the forfeiture of your vehicle. You deserve an experienced DWI attorney that can provide an effective defense to the criminal charges.
The related but separate drivers license revocation hearing(Implied Consent Hearing) is resolved with a trial to a judge. At this trial, the state must prove that the police officers followed the law and legally stopped, arrested, and obtained a test from the driver. This hearing is critical because it will determine whether you will continue to be able to drive a car.
Trust an experienced Minnesota DWI attorney from Snider Law Firm, Ltd. – Call 612-872-1200. We offer a free phone consultation for persons accused of DWI in the Minnesota. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions.