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Driving While Impaired Law

Carson J. Heefner knows Minnesota’s DWI/DUI laws very well. In addition to 25 years of experience in teh field, Carson graduated from the National College for DUI Defense in Cambridge, MA, an intensive training program for lawyers who represent people accused of drunk driving. With his years of experience, and exceptional education in DWI defense, he is a defense lawyer who can increase the chances of you getting a better outcome in your case.

Driving While Impaired Law

In Minnesota, it is a crime to drive, operate, or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while:

  • Under the influence of alcohol
  • Under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Under the influence of a hazardous substance that affects the nervous system or brain
  • Under the influence of a combination of any of the above
  • With a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more within two hours of driving
  • With a blood alcohol concentration of .04 or more if operating a commercial motor vehicle
  • Operating a vehicle with any amount of a Schedule I or II controlled substance in your system

A person can be charged with DUI/DWI if their blood alcohol concentration is .08 or higher. In addition, a person can be changed without a test being conducted if their driving conduct shows that they are impaired to the extent that their ability to operate the motor vehicle is affected.

Penalties for DWI/DUI in Minnesota

The penalties for being convicted of a DWI/DUI in Minnesota range from Misdemeanors to Felonies.  Under Minnesota law, a first time offender is not required to serve any jail time. However, that calculus begins to change with multiple offense.  A second offense requires a 30 day jail sentence, a third offense requires a 90 day sentence, and a fourth or greater offense is Felony, with potential prison time involved.

What is a Motor Vehicle for Purposes of the DWI/DUI Law?

A person can be arrested for DUI/DWI for operating any of the following types of vehicles:

  • Car or truck
  • Snowmobile
  • Motorboat
  • All-terrain vehicle (ATV)
  • Motorcycle
  • Golf cart
  • Riding lawn mower

If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, Carson J. Heefner is a Minneapolis DWI lawyer who will use his experience, knowledge of the law, and skill to defend you.  He has a successful track record in defending DWI/DUI cases, and can obtain favorable results for you.

Contact Attorney Carson J. Heefner Today

A DWI conviction can change your life, which is why you should exercise your right to fight it. When you fight the charges, you have a chance at a reduction or dismissal. With a powerful negotiator and experienced criminal attorney helping you throughout the process, you have a shot at a better future. To learn more, call Carson at 612-202-8971 to request a free consultation.