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Minneapolis DWI Lawyers

Trusted Counsel For Your DWI Charges in MN

In Minnesota, driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated are essentially the same charge. If you have been charged with a DWI, it is important to act quickly and talk to an established and experienced Minneapolis DWI lawyer. There is a short time frame in which you can petition to challenge the revocation of your driver’s license. Our lawyers at Brockton D. Hunter P.A. have helped many clients successfully fight their DWI charges and reestablish their driving privileges.

Call our Minneapolis DWI attorneys at (612) 979-1112 if you have been charged with driving while intoxicated.

DWI Cases We Handle

It is possible to be charged with DWI while operating the following:

  • Boats
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Snowmobiles
  • Motorcycles

There are many degrees of DWI that someone can be charged with. First degree DWI is the most serious and will be charged if the person is previously convicted of a felony, there is criminal vehicular conduct resulting in homicide, or this is at least the third incident of DWI in 10 years. If you refuse to submit to a DWI test after being arrested for a DWI, it can be automatically classified as a second or third degree DWI. A fourth degree DWI does not carry a minimum jail sentence but can include probation and fines if you are convicted.

Minnesota Out-of-State DWI Defense

Were you visiting Minnesota from another state and charged with a DWI? Regardless of the circumstances, being charged with a DWI in Minnesota will result in legal obligations. Without familiarity of local laws, you may be confused about what to expect. This is exactly why you should contact a Minnesota DWI lawyer trust by residents to handle their cases. They will be able to explain local DWI laws to you and help you figure out how to move forward.

Getting Out of Jail

Our team will work quickly to get you out of jail. We understand that you want to get back to your home and life, wherever it is that you reside. Once out of jail, you should understand that you may eventually have to return to Minnesota to face the DWI charges. In the meantime, your legal defense team will be working to make sure that you can return home after your court date and not have to return for any further legal proceedings.

Out-of-State DWI Conviction

The consequences for a DWI vary depending on many factors. You could face jail time, fines or other penalties that the judge mandates. Know that working with Brockton Hunter is the best way to reduce any penalties and possibly even have them dropped completely. Minnesota residents have trusted us with their own DWI cases year after year for a reason. We will make sure that if any procedure is not followed that could result in a reduction of your sentence, the court is notified immediately. Our knowledge of local laws gives us an advantage when working on your defense.

What Should I Do If I am Pulled Over for DWI In Minnesota?

If you are pulled over on suspicion of DWI you will have an important decision to make, whether or not to consent to testing in a DWI case. In short, it is usually best to take the test.

Under Minnesota’s DWI laws, refusing to submit to the test in itself is a gross misdemeanor. If it is your first DWI and there are no aggravating factors, the underlying DWI is considered a misdemeanor. As its own crime, refusing to take the test is often very easy for a prosecutor to prove at trial. In addition to the consequences of the criminal DWI case, your license will be revoked for a period of one year.

When you are arrested in Minnesota for DWI, you will be given an opportunity to contact a DWI attorney for a consultation. But, because refusal is a crime, a Minnesota DWI attorney is not permitted to instruct clients to refuse the test. In other words, criminal defense attorneys are not allowed to counsel a client to commit a crime. However, it is still best to take advantage of the opportunity to contact a Minnesota DWI lawyer. A DWI attorney can advise you on what possible consequences you are facing and what steps you can take to ensure the reliability of the blood alcohol test. For instance, an experienced attorney might recommend privately obtaining a separate test at your own expense.

Our Minneapolis DWI lawyers understand that being arrested for DWI can be scary and the criminal justice system is complex. Use the time you are given to contact a DWI attorney for advice how to conduct yourself, how long you can expect to be held, and what steps you should take once released from jail.

Minnesota’s Laws on Refusing to Submit to DWI Testing

Under the law in Minnesota, each driver is required to submit to a chemical test, whether a blood, breath or urine test, when they are pulled over for DWI. This law is called, “implied consent.” If you are driving in a motor vehicle or boat, you automatically consent to taking a chemical test to determine your level of blood alcohol content (BAC).

Another circumstance where you are required to submit to a chemical test is if you are involved in an motor vehicle accident that resulted in:

  • Property damage
  • Injury
  • or death

This test must be taken within a period of two hours of when you were last driving or operating the boat. Another thing you should be aware of is that the officer has the right to choose which test or tests you take.

Another possible requirement is that of the preliminary breath test. This works in a similar way to a field sobriety test. You are not required to take this test, but refusal could result in another set of penalties.

If an officer has requested that you take one of these tests, he or she will need to inform you that based on the state’s laws, you are required to take the test and that a refusal could result in a criminal charge.

Minnesota DWI laws are constantly changing. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DWI in Minnesota, contact a Minnesota DWI attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.

Turn to Our Trusted Minneapolis DWI Lawyers

At Brockton D. Hunter P.A., we have helped many clients by providing aggressive and insightful legal representation. As Minneapolis DWI attorneys, we understand that this can be a confusing and upsetting time for you and your family. That’s why we take the time to get to know you and learn how being arrested for a DWI is affecting you and all the things that are at stake. We can use all the information we learn to develop a bold and effective defense strategy.

Do you need an accomplished Minneapolis DWI Lawyer? Contact us at (612) 979-1112 to set up a FREE consult.

  • Nearly 30 Years of Combined Experience

  • Selection to the Minnesota Super Lawyers® List for 8 Consecutive Years

  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating

  • Personalized Attention and Care for Clients