A DWI arrest is not just limited to those who have been drinking and find themselves driving a vehicle or motorcycle. It can happen if you are riding a Snowmobile or an all-terrain Vehicle as well.
During Valentine’s weekend, in Hennepin County alone, there were 29 people booked on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated. One of those arrested was a 28 year old snowmobile driver. The driver was charged with “Snowmobile While Intoxicated” (SWI). With a little more than four weeks left of winter and potential for some late spring snowfall, it’s advisable that people refrain from drinking and snowmobiling.
For previous offenders, failure to obey the same laws for automobiles can not only result in a DWI arrest but can also result in the same fines and jail time associated with Driving While Intoxicated in a car, truck or on a motorcycle. And, if convicted, those charges can impact your privilege to operate a Motor Vehicle. The same limits apply; the legal limit is 0.08 in Minnesota. It doesn’t matter if you are operating a car, truck, all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile. You can also be arrested for DUI on a snowmobile. An arrest for impaired driving can occur even if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is under .08.
While the statistics aren’t out yet for this winter, it’s probably safe to say that the snowmobile driver arrested over Valentine’s weekend hasn’t been the only one charged with SWI.
Because the laws are similar for Snowmobiles and ATV’s a strong experienced DWI Attorney can review your case and work with you to get the best outcome possible. Even if you are a first time offender with a “Snowmobile While Intoxicated” charge, facing a misdemeanor alone can be a daunting task.
As the toughest Minneapolis DWI attorney available, I will fight aggressively for you and work with you to help guide you through the court system. For more information on how I can defend you, please contact us now.