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2nd Degree DWI Laws

Any Minnesota DWI Lawyer will tell you a 2nd Degree DWI is a gross misdemeanor. This charge is punishable by either one year of jail time and/or a $3,000 fine. The State may also issue the following sanctions to drivers convicted of 2nd Degree DWI:

  • A revocation of the vehicle that was used at the time the DWI occurred
  • A revocation of the driver’s license
  • Impounded license plates (more commonly referred to as Whiskey Plates)

The State charges a driver with 2nd Degree DWI to someone who was driving under the influence and had any of other following factors:

  • A BAC of .20 or higher
  • At least two prior DWIs within ten years
    • Refusing to take a chemical test AFTER the officer arrests you.
      PLEASE NOTE: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE AN OFFICER’S REQUEST TO TAKE FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS, INCLUDING A PBT.
    • Driving with a child under the age of 16 and three years younger than the driver as a passenger.
    • A qualified prior impaired driving incident within the preceding ten years
    • Having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .20 or more.

When facing these charges, it’s important to have a 2nd degree DWI Lawyer on your side. Not only can a Minnesota criminal lawyer help you navigate the potential consequences, but s/he can also assert legal defenses on your behalf. The Minneapolis DWI attorneys at Giancola-Durkin Criminal Defense will know the law and will stand up for your rights.

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