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In Minnesota, a 1st degree DWI charge is a felony level offense. A person can be charged with a 1st degree felony DWI if he/she has three or more qualified prior impaired driving incidents within the past ten years in addition to the new offense. Qualified prior impaired driving incidents include a prior DWI conviction or prior alcohol-related loss of license from Minnesota or another state with comparable laws. Making sure that you understand the charges and consequences is critical, and a Minnesota DUI Attorney can help you do just that.

1st Degree DWI / DUI Consequences

A 1st degree DWI offense can lead to imprisonment for up to 7 years and a fine of up to $14,000, or both. Felony convictions can also carry other consequences such as loss of voting privileges, loss of freedom to travel and loss of the right to own or possess a firearm. Further, once convicted of a felony DWI, a subsequent DWI conviction will also be a felony regardless of when the future offense is charged. A forfeiture of the vehicle used in the incident and impoundment of the license plates is also extremely likely.

Possible Driver’s License Sanctions

A 1st degree DWI can cause one to lose their driving privilege for extreme extended periods of time depending on the severity of the offense or the exact number of qualified prior impaired driving incidents.

Additionally, the offender must pass an alcohol and controlled substance knowledge test, apply for a new Minnesota driver’s license and pay a $680 reinstatement fee.

Should I Call a Minnesota DWI Lawyer?

A Felony DWI is a serious offense with severe consequences. An attorney who is experienced with felony DWI’s is invaluable. Gerald Miller PA has over 35 years of experience in all levels of DWI law. Contact Gerald Miller PA today at 612-341-9080 for a free consultation.

For more information see the Minnesota 1st Degree Driving While Impaired Statute 169A.24.

For a review of criminal penalties and driver license sanctions see the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.


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