In Minnesota, a 4th degree DWI is a misdemeanor offense. A first time offender who complied with all testing, has no qualified prior impaired incidents within the last ten years, has no aggravating factors and tested less than .20 may be charged with a 4th degree DWI.
Misdemeanor DWI / DUI Consequences
A 4th degree DWI is a misdemeanor offense which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine. A forfeiture of the vehicle used in the incident and impoundment of the license plates is also extremely likely.
Possible Driver’s License Sanctions
Generally, for a first time offense with no aggravating factors, a revocation of 90 days to one year is likely and one typically may participate in ignition interlock. A first time offender whose test result is less than .16 may also be eligible for a work permit 15 days after the revocation time period commences. If the test results in a .16 or greater, ignition interlock will be required for a minimum of one year.
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For more information see the Minnesota 4th Degree Driving While Impaired Statute 169A.27.
For a review of criminal penalties and driver’s license sanctions see the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.