Rhonda Oquist was charged with driving under the influence in Freeborn County during the holidays. Her purported alcohol concentration was .45. The legal limit in Minnesota is under a .08. The story made headlines because Oquist passed out in her vehicle in a State Trooper’s driveway. The trooper was off-duty at the time. Oquist will need a lawyer to fight the charges against her.
In Minnesota there are four levels of DWI’s. A fourth-degree DWI is a misdemeanor and is issued when the driver has no priors DUI’s within the past ten years. For a fourth-degree DWI to be issued, the driver cannot have any aggravating factors. A third-Degree DWI is a gross misdemeanor. This means that the driver may have had one prior DUI within the past ten years or that an aggravating factor was involved. Another way a DUI can become a third-degree DWI is if the driver refused to take the breath test. A second degree DUI is also a gross misdemeanor. This means that the driver may have had two prior DUI’s within the past ten years. The driver also could have had one prior with an aggravating factor or refused the breath test. A first degree DWI is a felony, which means that the driver had four drunken driving convictions within the past ten years. Thus, depending on Oquist’s criminal history, she will be charged with either third, second, or first degree DUI.
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