The One-Leg Stand Test is a field sobriety test used by officers during an investigation for suspicion of driving while impaired (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). If you are pulled over, and an officer asks you to step out of the vehicle, they may put you through field sobriety testing. These commonly include…

Must the police read Miranda rights during a DWI stop? Anyone who has watched enough police procedural shows knows that reading the suspect his or her Miranda rights is a crucial part of any arrest. In spite of the fact that these warnings are frequently portrayed as essential to the arrest, with the lack of…

After being stopped on suspicion of DWI, those suspected of gross misdemeanor or felony DWI may be detained and transported directly to jail. The time spent in jail is pending an appearance in court. Unfortunately, a person arrested without a warrant may spend four or more days in jail before appearing in court, which can…

Even for first-time offenders, a conviction for driving while impaired (DWI) in Minnesota carries severe consequences. Even if a person convicted of DWI avoids jail time, they may still be haunted by other consequences. There is no definitive answer to the question, “What is the punishment for a first DWI in Minnesota?” In Minnesota, not…

If you have been arrested or convicted for driving under the influence (DWI) in Minnesota, you are already aware of the severe penalties associated with these charges. In addition to possible jail time and fines, a DWI can result in the loss of driving privileges within the state. Loss of driving privileges can have negative…

According to Minnesota Statute 169A.63, when a vehicle is used to commit a crime, including driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses, it can be forfeited. This means that the arresting agency has the authority to seize and forfeit the vehicle in certain DWI cases. If the owner does not recover the vehicle, the agency may sell…

Second Degree DWI is a gross misdemeanor level offense in Minnesota. This level of offense carries a maximum punishment of up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Second Degree DWI is the second most severe level of DWI in Minnesota. First Degree DWI is the only more serious DWI and is a…

Short answer: unlikely for most people. Longer answer: it depends on how serious your first DWI is and where in Minnesota your DWI occurred. Most first time MN DWI offenses are 4th Degree DWIs. This is the least severe DWI for first-time offenders who have an alcohol concentration level below .16. It also is the…

In Minnesota, the cost of a DWI generally varies based on the severity of the charge. The more serious the charge, the more likely it is going to cost you more money. There are four degrees of DWI in Minnesota. The most serious is a first-degree felony DWI. The least severe is a fourth-degree misdemeanor…

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