If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with DWI or DUI in Minnesota, chances are that you will have all kinds of questions going circling your mind.
“Do I have a defense angle?”
“Will I lose my job?”
“Will I lose my drivers license?”
“Will I go to jail?”
"Will I get whiskey plates?"
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DWI law is heavily litigated in Minnesota, but there are many myths, misconceptions and misleading information about DWI’s that can make it very hard to choose the right lawyer to represent you in court. And, sadly, many people overpay for representation without being told the long range truth about how current trends in DWI law may affect their cases.
It is very important to find out what an “implied consent” hearing is, and how it may help your case – or hurt it. And it is even more important to thoroughly understand the many avenues of the DWI court process when deciding to spend extra money on attorney’s fees for a hearing that may never be held. For example, in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, a DWI defendant cannot even get an Implied Consent hearing until after the criminal part of their case is resolved. And merely filing for a hearing in those counties in order to obtain a “fast track” license just to get back on the road may leave you stranded without the ability to drive later on when your work requires it. It is critical to get accurate, honest advice in order to avoid the unforeseen pitfalls that can severely harm your ability to work and travel in the future.
You may receive many letters from attorneys claiming that they can get your case dismissed because the police did not get a search warrant to take your breath test. Or, that you cannot be prosecuted for “refusal” to take a breath test. The internet is full of articles about DWI charges (not necessarily entire cases) that have been dismissed for these reasons. Yet, you owe it to yourself and your future to get a more accurate assessment of how these “trends” may realistically affect your case. Before relying on the United States Supreme Court to get your case dismissed, get a complete picture of how your case may – or may not – be affected by decisions in Washington.
People charged with 3rd Degree, 2nd Degree and 1st Degree Felony DWI, or who have prior DWI convictions on their record, either within or beyond a 10 year “look back” period face substantially greater penalties than first time, misdemeanor DWI charges. How those penalties are enforced varies dramatically from county to county. Often, probation violations may be at stake if you are on probation for one of the prior offenses. This can lead to unforeseen consequences that include large amounts of jail time. Some Twin Cities attorneys may urge you to pay heavy attorney’s fees in order to pursue suppression and dismissal motions. However, if you lose those hearings, you could well end up worse off than if your attorney took a lower profile approach to the prosecutor. There are many collateral consequences that attend subsequent DWI offenses including vehicle forfeiture and lengthy Minnesota license revocations. Before you forge ahead with high attorney’s fees or chose to handle the matter yourself, you should contact Metrowide Legal Services and get a realistic assessment of your case and a complete description of what you may be facing, both now and well into the future.