DWI vs DUI in Minnesota
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Driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are both terms to describe the act of drunk driving. In some states, a DWI charge is more serious, as it’s only issued when a person’s BAC level is well above the legal limit. In Minnesota, however, there is no difference between the two terms. From a legal standpoint, DWI is used more often by the state and by Minnesota DWI lawyers.
Generally speaking, a DWI means:
- operating, driving, or in control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a hazardous or controlled substance
- having a blood alcohol level over .08
Minnesota DWI Penalties
With the first DWI and no other aggravating factors (described below), you can expect to lose your license for 30 to 90 days, and you will be fined a maximum of $1000 and/or spend 90 days in jail. Once the suspension period has passed, you will have to pay a fine to have your license reinstated as well as complete a DWI knowledge test for MN.
For every DWI that follows or additional aggravating factor, the penalties become harsher and may involve having your license plate impounded, increased fines, and a greater possibility of jail time or community service. If the offenses continue, you can eventually lose your license for four years, serve up to 7 years in prison, pay a $14,000 fine, or have your vehicle seized. Call our MN DWI lawyer for a free legal consultation and let us fight for you.
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