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DWI in Minneapolis

By Ramsay Law Firm  Jul. 26, 2011 10:33a

The Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) outlines the specific rules and penalties associated with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), which is otherwise known as driving under the influence (DUI) in other parts of the nation. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (legal or illegal) places other drivers and passengers at serious risk of injury or death, therefore DWI is not treated lightly in Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota DVS, approximately 240 deaths are caused by alcohol related collisions and, approximately 33,000 Minnesota drivers fail the 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) sobriety tests every year. The statistics paint a clear picture, many Minnesota residence drink and drive, and those figures only represent the number of people who got caught. If you were arrested for DWI, contact a Minneapolis DWI attorney without delay.

The threshold for drinking and driving is set at 0.08 percent BAC for drivers over the age of 21 in all fifty states. In Minnesota, that number goes down to 0.04 percent for commercial drivers and 0.02 percent for underage drivers. The state imposes both administrative and criminal penalties if you are convicted of DWI. A 1st time drunk driving conviction without any aggravating circumstances could land you in jail for up to 90 days, it would involve up $1,000 in fines, up to 90 days license suspension, a license reinstatement fee in addition to a license reinstatement surcharge.

As of 2010, in order to obtain restricted driving privileges, people who are convicted of DWI are required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. Those who refuse the installation of an IID are denied their driving privileges.

Minneapolis DWI Defense Lawyer

Many people automatically assume that a DWI arrest will result in a conviction. That may be the case if you choose not to fight your DWI charge. However, if you enlist the services of a seasoned DWI attorney, the chances of having your charges reduced or dropped greatly enhance. At the Ramsay Law Firm, PLLC, we have over a decade experience in successfully defending our clients against DWI allegations. If you are facing DWI charges, we urge you to contact a Minneapolis DWI lawyer from our firm today!

Contact a Minneapolis DWI attorney from our firm for a free consultation if you were arrested for DWI!

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