Minnesota man charged with DWI

A DWI charge in Minnesota carries with it many potential consequences. These include jail time, fines, and revocation or suspension of a driver’s license. The severity of the consequences depends on the driver’s prior record, if any, and the particular facts of the current charge.

Recently, St. Paul police arrested a Minnesota man on suspicion of drunk driving. They found the suspect in his car with his two minor children. The criminal complaint states that the man initially refused to take a preliminary breath test. A later test registered the man’s blood alcohol content (BAC) as 0.289. The legal BAC limit in Minnesota is 0.08. The man was charged with third-degree DWI.

A DWI offense in Minnesota can be charged as a misdemeanor, a gross misdemeanor or a felony, depending on whether there were aggravating factors present when the current violation was committed. There are a number of rules to navigate when you are charged with a DWI. There are also a number of defenses available. Although not present in every case, an officer may have lacked probable cause to pull you over, your rights might not have been properly honored, or the testing device may have malfunctioned.

In criminal prosecutions, the state bears the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This is the highest threshold of proof required by the law. Each defendant has the right to force the state to carry that degree of proof. If you have been charged with DWI, it is important to assert and preserve your rights. This does not mean that your DWI case will necessarily get dismissed, but working with an experienced attorney can help mitigate potential penalties.

Source: MyFoxTwinCities.com, “St. Paul Boy Knocks on Door, Reports Dad’s DWI,” Jan. 6, 2012.

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

Years of Experience: Approx. 20 years
Minnesota Registration Status: Active
Bar & Court Admissions: State of Minnesota Minnesota State Court Minnesota Federal Court 8th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals State of Maryland

What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

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The criminal defense process in Minnesota constitutes several steps, starting with investigations and culminating with appeals. This process can be long and exhausting. An arrest alone can leave you scared, confused, and overwhelmed with emotions. Making logical decisions in this state can be difficult, especially if it is your first time interacting with the criminal justice system.