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In Minnesota, a first-time DWI is a misdemeanor offense. An offender who complied with testing, has no qualified prior impaired driving incidents within the last 10 years, has no aggravating factors and tested less than .20 may be charged with a 4th degree DWI. These types of charges can lead to a lot of questions. You can find the answers to those questions at Gerald Miller, with our highly-experienced team of DWI Minneapolis Attorneys.

First-Time DWI / DUI Consequences

A 4th degree DWI is a misdemeanor offense which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine.

Possible Driver’s License Penalties

Generally, for a first time offense, a revocation of 90 days to one year is likely and one typically may participate in ignition interlock if eligible. A first time offender with a test result of less than .16 may also be eligible for a work permit 15 days after the revocation time period commences. If the test results in a .16 or greater, ignition interlock will be required for a minimum of one year.

Additionally, the offender must pass an alcohol and controlled substance knowledge test, apply for a new Minnesota driver’s license and pay a $680 reinstatement fee.

Should I Call DWI Minneapolis Attorneys?

The first time someone is charged with a crime it can be a very stressful and confusing time. Experience matters with a crime as complex as DWI. Gerald Miller PA has over 35 years of experience helping and guiding people through these frightening and difficult times. Contact Gerald Miller PA today at 612-341-9080 for a free consultation.

For more information see the the Minnesota 4th Degree Driving While Impaired Statute 169A.27.

For a review of criminal penalties and driver license sanctions see the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.


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