Minnesota DWI penalties can involve serious penalties including jail, fines, probation, license revocation, license cancellation, ignition interlock, vehicle forfeiture/seizure, restrictions on international travel, gun rights and employment consequences.
DWI penalties are broken down as follows:
- First degree DWI is charged if there have been three or more alcohol-related incidents within the past 10 years. A first degree charge is a felony and can result in a prison sentence of seven years and fines of up to $14,000.
- Second degree DWI is charged when there are two or more aggravating factors involved. Aggravating factors include a previous DWI, the presence of a child in the vehicle, BAC of .20 % or higher, or refusal to submit to chemical testing. Penalties can be up to one year in jail, confiscation of license plates, forfeiture of the vehicle and fines of up to $3,000.
- Third degree DWI can be charged when one of the aggravating factors is present with maximum penalties being the same as second degree except for forfeiture of the vehicle.
- Fourth degree DWI is charged when there are no aggravating factors. This is the most common charge for a first DWI offense and is a misdemeanor that can result in a maximum of 90 days in jail, 90 day suspension of license, and fines of up to $1,000.
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