DWI laws make it a crime to operate anything that is motorized while impaired. Therefore, DWI laws apply to vehicles such as: boats, ATV’s snowmobiles, airplanes and even golf carts and riding lawn mowers. You can be convicted of DWI while operating any of these motor vehicles. If you have been charged with any of these offenses, call Gerald Miller, a Minneapolis DUI attorney, experienced in handling all of these different scenarios.
Any Recreational Vehicle DWI / DUI Consequences
Depending on one’s prior DWI history, penalties for DWI while operating a motorized vehicle of any kind can include jail time and heavy monetary fines just like any other DWI offense. Further, even a 1st DWI while operating a motorized vehicle offense can cause you to lose operating privileges for that vehicle for some period of time.
Possible Driver’s License Sanctions
While operating a recreational vehicle may not be exactly the same as driving a car while impaired, a recreational vehicle DWI can still have an effect on a person’s Minnesota driver’s license. If a driver’s first DWI offense occurs on a recreational vehicle, it is possible that there will be no revocation of the Minnesota driver’s license. However, if a driver of a recreational vehicle has qualified prior impaired driving incidents within a ten year period, a recreational vehicle DWI will be treated as any other DWI as far as driving privilege revocations are concerned.
Should I Call a Minnesota DUI Attorney?
Experience matters with a crime as complex as DWI. Gerald Miller PA has over 35 years of experience helping and guiding people through these frightening and difficult times. Contact Gerald Miller PA today at 612-341-9080 for a free consultation.
For more information see the Minnesota Any Recreational Vehicle Driving While Impaired Statute 169A.20.