Mike was in trouble. He had been arrested for a Minnesota DWI over a holiday weekend – one of those times of the year when police are especially overzealous in their pursuit of drunk drivers – and he needed an attorney in Minneapolis. But not just any attorney: a Minnesota DWI lawyer experienced in helping clients facing some heavy consequences of their arrest.
Mike had a lot to lose. His outlook appeared bleak upon first glance. Mike lived in a Minnesota county known for its strict DWI punishments, including the complete and lengthy loss of driving privileges. If Mike’s drivers’ license was suspended or revoked because of a DWI conviction, his employer would fire him.
No license. No job. No life.
Mike contacted Minnesota DWI defense lawyer Gerald Miller. He set up a free consultation with DWI attorney Kyle Dreger and learned that he could put the incident behind him faster and easier than he had expected. Thanks to Kyle’s knowledge, preparation, and commitment to his client, the outcome of Mike’s case was positive. What’s more, the court granted permission to drive so he could keep his job.
As Mike reflected in a Google review he submitted in March:
“I spoke with Kyle and right from the start his advice…helped me get over this as painlessly and quickly as possible. He was very understanding and I never had an issue getting ahold of him for questions. My final verdict was very favorable…I strongly recommend this firm and Kyle.”
If you have been arrested for a DWI in Minnesota, it’s important that you speak to Minnesota DWI firm Gerald Miller, P.A. as soon as possible. Our attorneys – Kyle, founder and “SuperLawyer” Gerald Miler, and attorney Cody Wright – will go over your case’s specifics and your personal history to come up with a strategy to reach a positive result.
Penalties and crimes can vary from county to county depending on both the circumstances of your case and the prosecutor pursuing the conviction. There is always hope, as you can see by reading Mike’s client testimonial and from the Google reviews we have included below. Read on to learn why our firm is made up of the best DWI lawyers in Minnesota.
“I am so grateful for finding this group of lawyers for my case. I received the best outcome and cannot thank Gerald Miller and Cody Wright for such an outstanding job, attention to detail, and the best representation for my case. They explained things to me at a level I could understand. They are very reasonably priced but more importantly, they are the real deal working a case. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support and guidance during my case!! I will always be grateful for finding this firm and recommend them 100%. – Lynn, June 2019
“Kyle was the best representation I could have. I am very happy with my result. The best part about Kyle was how attentive and responsive he was to every question or concern. Also, he is extremely nonjudgmental and truly cares about you as a client. He is also very respected and well known in his field, familiar and respected by many prosecutors and judges which is very beneficial toward the likelihood of a better outcome. I would recommend Kyle to anyone, especially friends and family!!” – Kerry, June 2019
“This is a great group of lawyers. They were very helpful in guiding me through every step of the process, and I feel that I got the best possible outcome in my DWI case. I felt that I mattered to them and that they were doing their best to achieve the optimal result. Thanks to the whole team and especially Kyle and Jerry!” – Michael, March 2019
These guys are great – very informative, friendly, and they certainly do their homework. They made my case much easier to get through. I ONLY recommend Gerald Miller P.A. – Jake, March 2019
“Mr. Miller is an outstanding attorney. He explains complex legal matters in easy-to-understand ways. He worked extremely hard to find the best possible outcome for my case and I am very happy with the outcome. I highly recommend Mr. Miller and his team!” – Alex, 2018
“Great attorneys and great services. Got my car back from forfeiture and better sentence than what I was supposed to get.” – Bilia, 2018
“These attorneys are top-notch. Before I had even hired the firm, I spoke with Gerald before traveling to meet him and he gave me an earful of information right away, and I didn’t have any questions to ask on the first initial conversation because they had already been answered- they really don’t mess around there.” – Wigwam (used a pseudonym)
“Having had the privilege of Mr. Gerald Miller as my attorney was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was charged with DUI and Careless Driving. As we’ve made our way through the process, Jerry has been very personable, knowledgeable, professional and helped me understand all angles of a situation I never thought I’d be in -and certainly didn’t know anything about. He was able to get the DUI charge dropped, which has completely changed my life in regards to what I thought was something along the lines of impending doom in this situation. Mr. Miller and his associates were informative and with me every step of the way. I couldn’t be more pleased or grateful with the outcome of having the fortunate experience of Mr. Miller representing me. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. He is the best attorney I’m aware of and I would recommend his services to anyone. Thanks again, Gerald!” – Gabe, 2018
“Looking at up to seven years and Cody Wright got me 24 days of electronic home monitoring. Excellent attorney who cares about his clients and treats them with respect. Always got back to me promptly. Highest recommendation. A+++++.” Steve, 2018
“Thank you to Mr. Gerald Miller for making one of the toughest lessons I’ve had in life as smooth and painless as possible. He knew what actions needed to be taken in order to represent me in the best way in court. Mr. Gerald Miller successfully dropped my original four charges down to one careless driving ticket. I am forever grateful for all of the hard work he has done for me.” – Mallory, 2017
“Honestly the best representation I have had, I would highly recommend Gerald Miller. He had several attorneys working on my case, including himself, to ensure nothing would be missed and they could look at it from every angle. He was very personable and accessible while being very efficient and effective. Along with that, he’s great at being able to stick up for you in the court room with the prosecutors – I had a multitude of charges he got dropped down. He got me five days of Community Service instead of doing jail time for a probation violation for a DWI, to name one and on multiple other probation violations got the court to dismiss it entirely. I also had a Driving After Revocation hearing where he got the court to keep it off my record if I just paid a fine even though I had already had multiple others. Along with that he kept on top of organizing all of the court appearances and documents and even went out of the way to get the documents directly by contacting people himself so I didn’t have to. He handled cases for me in three different counties. If you want someone who will spend time on your case, come to court prepared, and argue well this is your lawyer.” – Presley, 2017
“Gerald Miller law has been as good as advertised. I got myself in DWI trouble on a vacation in Brainerd. It was my second in ten years and I blew a .18 which is considered double therefore they seized my new truck which I had only made one payment. Gerald drove back and forth from Minneapolis to Brainerd to handle 3 charges: state, criminal and forfeit of vehicle. I got truck back and the minimum of sentencing. Gerald also helped me with personal things that came up like towing vehicle, intoxilyzers, classes, etc. I highly recommend you use this firm if you get into any trouble!” – Jim, 2017
Why are we sharing our reviews? Because they matter. To us – and to you.
Studies have found that nearly 88% of consumers read reviews to determine the quality of a local business. A large part of this research is generally done on Google. Those same surveys show that 72% of consumers say positive reviews make them trust a local business more than they may have otherwise.
It make sense. Many companies – including Minnesota law firms – have, throughout the history of commerce, have earned their business through positive customer referrals. Think about it: For years, you have likely asked friends and relatives questions like, “Do you know of an affordable dry cleaner in Chanhassen?” Or, “What did you think of that new Thai restaurant in Uptown?” and “What is the best bar on Nicolet Mall?”
Our Minneapolis DWI law firm has been in business for 40 years – long before Google, Yelp, Facebook, and the internet itself was part of our daily lives; decades before we were glued to our phones and read a restaurant review before we look at its menu. Gerald Miller Law Firm has long built a reputation for excellence and outstanding client service. We are trustworthy attorneys who care deeply about our clients, their rights, and their freedom.
Today, Gerald Miller DWI law is widely-recognized throughout Minnesota as one of the most experienced DWI law firms in the state. Our clients from Minneapolis and St. Paul to Rochester and Duluth tell us that every single day. Most are so happy with the outcome of their cases that they want to share their stories with others.
Need more convincing? Check out some of our Yelp and Facebook reviews:
“Better deal than I could have ever hoped for! Went from a possible sentence of seven years to electronic home monitoring for 24 days. Cody Wright did an excellent job and always got back to me promptly whenever I needed to talk to him. Would highly recommend! A+++++!” – Stephen F., 2018 (same client as listed above – he was so thrilled he gave us a Yelp review too!)
“Jerry has a lot of connections in the field, which helps in negotiations with prosecution and communicating with the judge. These relations were everything in my case, and ultimately granted me a great deal. I had to push to get them to fight for me as the case dragged on for over a year, but once Gerry stepped in, the case was settled in a matter of hours and I got one of the best possible outcome.” – Ashley, 2018
“Cody Wright did an AMAZING job helping us navigate through a difficult situation. Thank you so much! Highly recommend this firm!” – Jennifer, 2018
We all make mistakes. And sometimes, we need a little help to overcome them.
If you’ve been arrested for a DWI, your life probably feels as though it is in upheaval. A driving while intoxicated conviction in Minnesota is a serious, potentially damaging situation that can have a lasting impact on your criminal record, your finances, and even your reputation.
There are more than 25,000 lawyers in Minnesota, or roughly 45.7 attorneys per 10,000 people, according to the American Bar Association. That ranks the land of 10,000 lakes eighth in the country for the number of people who are licensed to practice law.
In other words, there are many lawyers in Minnesota, including DWI attorneys. That’s why it’s crucial you choose a drunk driving lawyer with experience, dedication, and compassion – not to mention knowledge of Minnesota criminal law inside and out.
A great attorney like the lawyers at Gerald Miller Law will look at all aspects of your case to determine if an officer made a mistake, the breathalyzer was faulty, or other circumstances that could get your case thrown out by a judge. No matter what prosecutors say or how much proof they think they have – we don’t see DWI cases as open and shut. We explore all avenues.
Even if a case cannot be dismissed, your charges can be reduced, which is a positive outcome no matter how you look at it. First-time offenders have a stronger chance to receive lower charges than a repeat offender. Some prosecutors will consider reducing a DWI charge to careless driving if the defendant has no prior offenses, a BAC under 0.10 and a good driving record. It helps if you were cooperative at the time of your arrest and if you followed the instructions of the court prior to your hearing, including completing an alcohol assessment and/or DWI classes.
Prosecutors have an interest in convicting people of drunk driving to the fullest extent of the law to encourage others to stay sober on the road. But a solution that makes the process easier for you is possible. That’s why hiring a solid legal team is important to the outcome of your case.
What if I go it alone and an accept a DWI conviction in Minnesota?
While it’s tempting to give up and accept the charges you’re facing – don’t. Hire an attorney and take back your rights. Why? A DWI can have a lasting impact on your life if you don’t have a DWI lawyer who has your back. Here are a few possibilities:
• Loss of driving privileges. If you’re an adult arrested for driving while impaired, you will lose your driver’s license for up to a year if it’s a first time offense. A BAC under 0.16 can suspend your license for up to 90 days. A BAC over 0.16 can lead to a year’s suspension. In any instance, your driving privileges can be limited to work or with the use of an ignition lock, which means you can’t start your car until you blow into a device that measures your blood alcohol level. And remember, you can get a DWI in Minnesota if an officer believes you are impaired by illegal drugs like marijuana (still prohibited in Minnesota) and cocaine, but also if you are using pain medication or other prescription drugs that can affect your driving ability.
• Fines and possible jail time. Minnesota’s maximum for a fourth-degree DWI is 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. You will lose your license for three months. The judge may sentence you to community service and probation for up to two years.
• Higher vehicle insurance rates. A misdemeanor DWI conviction will cause your auto insurance rates to skyrocket. Rates will eventually go down, but expect to pay more for a few years. You also could be required to obtain SR-22 insurance for high-risk drivers, which is another expense. You could also lose your current insurance coverage if your policy decides to cancel you because of a DWI conviction.
• A blemished record that could diminish job prospects. Most companies check out the criminal records of job candidates. Landlords also conduct background checks before approving a lease agreement. Men and women convicted of driving while impaired are sometimes viewed by others as being reckless, immature or as having an alcohol or drug problem.
You have options – plenty of them!
Asking a judge to dismiss the case or convincing a prosecutor to reduce the charges are the best solutions for most defendants. We have relationships with prosecutors and judges, and we use them to bring about a positive outcome for all of our clients. We don’t give up, as shown in these Better Business Bureau reviews:
“I used the Gerald Miller Firm for a recent DUI. My expectations were met! Kyle was attentive, responsive and genuine. He analyzed the case information, went over our options with me and then made the best, logical decision with all factors considered. It wasn’t based on what was the best and/or easiest for him – it was what was best for me individually and for my family. I’d highly recommend this firm to anyone who needs help rectifying a mistake they made.” – Chad, 2019
“Solid law firm for DWI/DUI cases. I was charged with a 4th degree DWI, and they were able to reach a favorable plea agreement. One year of probation, one day DWI course, a small fine, and driver’s license suspension reduced from 90 to 30 days. I wouldn’t hesitate to give them a call especially for cases in Hennepin County. Flat fee paid upfront covered everything which was a nice peace of mind.” – Bob, March 2019
“Gerald Miller is the best attorney you could get for representation in a DUI case. He and his associate Cody Wright went above and beyond in handling my case, getting the best settlement I could have wished for. If you should ever find yourself in the need for a lawyer, call the best. Call Gerald Miller!” – Mark, January 2019
Our reviews and testimonials speak for themselves. Now: Let us speak for you.
What to do?
A drunk driving citation in Minnesota is known as a DWI, which stands for driving while impaired. Many states refer to the charge as a DUI, short for diving under the influence.
Regardless of what authorities call it, a police officer can arrest someone on suspicion of DWI even if he or she hasn’t been drinking. In Minnesota, “impaired” can be applied to a person who is taking legal prescription drugs or even someone who is overly tired. It’s all up to the discretion of the arresting officer.
Sound like you or someone you know? Contact the experienced Minnesota DWI attorneys Gerald Miller, P.A. Our expert team will look at your case and determine the best course of action. We will guide you through the process, working toward a positive outcome no matter the circumstances of the arrest.
We are often asked, “Should I contest this case?” Yes. You should, absolutely, positively 100 percent of the time. Every arrest is different; few are open and shut cases. We look at every aspect of the case, from time of the arrest to the officer’s actions to the accuracy of your Breathalyzer test. There is always hope.
What makes Gerald Miller different from other Minnesota criminal defense lawyers?
The Minneapolis lawyers at Gerald Miller handle all aspects of criminal law across the Twin Cities and statewide – we can defend you on traffic citations, drug charges, theft, weapons charges, probation and parole violations and more – but we have specialized in DWIs for decades. A DWI affects your driving ability, your finances and your professional reputation. Don’t let one mistake hinder a promising future.
We can help you put this behind you.
Call the attorneys at Gerald Miller today at 612-440-4610. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to give you some answers, a little hope and plenty of well-deserved peace of mind.
A DWI or DUI charge can happen to anybody. We are on your side.