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Minneapolis DWI Lawyer

DWI Felony Charges

In the state of Minnesota, felonies are defined as crimes that can receive a sentence of more than a year imprisonment. According to Minneapolis' DWI laws, an individual that is convicted of a first degree DWI can receive a sentence of up to 7 years in prison, a maximum fine of $14,000, or both.

A DWI is considered to be 'first degree' if the offender has three or more driving-while-impaired occurrences within a 10 year period, or has already been convicted of a DWI felony. Having a high BAC (blood alcohol level) does not make a DWI a felony, only prior intoxicated driving infractions are considered.

When Minneapolis courts sentence someone for a felony DWI, they are required to sentence a prison term for at least three years. Those who receive this penalty will not be eligible for early release prior to completing a drug/alcohol rehabilitation program in prison.

Upon release from prison, the individual will be placed on probation and must comply with the rules of the probation. Failure to comply with the probationary regulations can result in the offender being returned to prison.

Qualified Felony DWI Defense Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony DWI, you need the expertise of a qualified Minneapolis criminal lawyer .I has been defending those charged with DWI's and DUI's in Minneapolis for 34 years and knows how district attorneys prosecute for this crime. Contact our office to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.