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DWI laws make it a crime to operate anything that is motorized while impaired. Therefore, DWI laws apply to snowmobiles and you can be convicted of DWI while operating a motor vehicle such as a snowmobile. This crime is commonly referred as Snowmobiling While Impaired (SWI). If you have been charged with SWI, getting an experienced DWI defense lawyer Minneapolis will be critical for your case.

SWI Consequences

Depending on one’s prior DWI history, penalties for SWI can include jail time and heavy monetary fines just like any other DWI offense. Further, even on a 1st SWI while operating a snowmobile offense, you can lose snowmobile operating privileges for an entire year.

Possible Driver’s License Sanctions

If a driver’s first SWI offense occurs on a snowmobile, it is possible that one may not lose their Minnesota driver’s license. However, if a driver of a snowmobile has qualified prior impaired driving incidents within a ten year period a SWI will be treated as any other DWI as far as driving privilege revocations are concerned.

Should I Hire a DWI Defense Lawyer Minneapolis?

Experience matters with a crime as complex as SWI. 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 Minnesota Snow Mobile Driving While Impaired Statute 169A.20.

 

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