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In Minnesota, a 3rd degree DWI is a gross misdemeanor offense. You may be confused on the charges and consequences, so contacting a DWI/DUI Minneapolis Criminal Defense attorney will be vital to your case. The presence of one of the following aggravating factors, in addition to a new offense, can lead to a 3rd degree DWI charge:

  1. An impaired driving incident, such as an alcohol-related license revocation or DWI conviction, within 10 years of the present incidence.
  2. The presence of a child in the motor vehicle.
  3. Blood alcohol content of .20 or greater as tested within two hours of the incident.

3rd Degree DWI / DUI Consequences

A 3rd degree DWI is a gross misdemeanor offense which is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $3000.

Possible Driver’s License Sanctions

For a 3rd degree DWI, a revocation of one to two years is likely with eligibility for ignition interlock. 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. The offender will also face license plate impoundment issues.

Should I Hire a DWI/DUI Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney?

A gross misdemeanor DWI is a serious offense with severe consequences. An attorney who is experienced with gross misdemeanor 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 3rd Degree Driving While Impaired Statute 169A.26.

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


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