Olympian Phelps Busted for DWI

Michael Phelps, the famous Olympian, was arrested for Driving under the influence (DWI) of alcohol in Baltimore. He was speeding and crossed over the double lane on the highway. He was going 84 in a 45 zone which could result in a careless driving ticket in and of itself. A careless driving ticket in Minnesota is a Misdemeanor. Phelps was pulled over and failed field sobriety tests. He was taken to the police station and was later released with a DWI charge.

Phelps already has a prior DUI or DWI from 2004. In 2004, he paid a $250 fine and received 18 months of probation. Depending on what his test result was, he could be charged with a third or second degree DUI. In Minnesota, if you are charged with a second degree DUI, the consequences are serious. The State will likely forfeit your vehicle. If your vehicle is seized by the State, it is difficult to get back. You will need an experienced Minnesota defense attorney to help you file the forfeiture petition. There are also strict deadlines to file a forfeiture petition. Max Keller has been successful in getting vehicles back for his clients once they have been seized.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Minnesota, contact a Minnesota defense lawyer. Phelps will need a defense attorney to fight his charges. Having a DUI on your record may affect your ability to travel into Canada. Additionally, insurance rates will also likely go up and the DUI will remain your record permanently. A Minnesota defense attorney will be able to determine whether the police had reasonable suspicion to pull you over and whether they had probable cause to arrest you. A Minnesota defense lawyer will be able to negotiate a sentence and will try to get the charges dismissed. Contact Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys for a free consultation. Max Keller is a Minnesota defense attorney and has been practicing criminal law for 17 years. Call 952-912-1421 today.

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.

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

Confidential informants may provide integral information to help build criminal investigations, but how reliable is that information when they are receiving payment for their services? To protect them, state law requires the identity of informants be kept confidential. For those facing criminal charges, however, this creates challenges in questioning the accuracy and validity of the information given at trial.
Stay calm and compose after getting accused of a crime but not charged in Minneapolis, MN. Do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone, including your relatives and family members. Hire a criminal defense attorney with a demonstrated record of winning cases like yours. Your attorney will discuss your rights, guide you on how to cooperate with law enforcement within the legal boundaries, and build a solid defense strategy to fight the charges you could face in the future.
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