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Criminal v. Administrative Penalties

Minnesota DWI Defense Attorney

Under Minnesota, when a person is arrested for DUI/DWI, they face not only criminal penalties, but administrative consequences as well.  These include loss of driver’s license, forfeiture of the vehicle was used in the offense, and impoundment of license plates. .

Fighting Criminal Penalties

When a person is arrested for DUI/DWI, there are criminal and administrative penalties. The criminal penalties include:

  • A criminal conviction on your record, resulting in difficulties when conducting background checks
  • Fines
  • Possible jail or prison time
  • Substance abuse testing
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Probation
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Ignition Interlock program
  • Vehicle forfeiture
  • License plate impoundment
  • Driver’s license revocation or cancellation.

You have the right to fight the criminal charges so that you can minimize, or completely eliminate, the effect these consequences can have on your future.

Fighting Administrative Sanctions

Administrative sanctions include:

Like criminal charges, administrative sanctions can be challenged in court. However, the process is different. A defendant must request a review of a driver’s license revocation within 30 days from the date of arrest. Moreover, a defendant must request review of a vehicle forfeiture or the vehicle within 60 day of the forfeiture. If a review isn’t requested within the strict deadline, a defendant forfeits his or her right to fight the administrative sanctions. With an experienced Minneapolis DWI defense attorney representing you, you have someone who can walk you through the process, meet strict deadlines, and create a strategic and very specific defense against the administrative sanctions.

Contact A Minneapolis DWI Attorney

When convicted of DWI, there are criminal and administrative penalties. Both have different consequences that can affect you in different ways. When you have an experienced criminal attorney representing your future, you have a better chance at receiving the best possible result. Carson J. Heefner has over 20 years experience representing individuals charged with DWI/DUI. He is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense, an intensive training program of attorney’s who defend drunk driving charges.  If you or anyone you know has been accused of DWI/DUI, contact Carson at 612-202-8971 or for a free initial consultation.