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 Law Offices 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.