Mankato DWI Lawyer & Attorney
DWI is a very serious criminal offense with consequences that are designed to reflect the seriousness.
In every state, including Minnesota, it is considered a crime for a person to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The offense may be referred to as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). Individuals can also be charged with such acts as boating while intoxicated (BWI). If a commercial driver is found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .04 percent or above (legal limit for all other drivers is .08), then they can be charged with DWI.
If you have been charged with any of these acts, then it is important to secure the legal representation of a Mankato DWI lawyer as soon as possible so that you can REALLY fight the charges against you. All DWI lawyers will talk about being tough and aggressive, you don’t needs words you need the information to fight the case. Even if a DWI charge does not seem like it can be challenged, it can be and a fair result obtained in the case.
Field Sobriety Testing & Chemical Tests
Some individuals call their attorneys when they are faced with field sobriety and chemical testing. The reason is because they are afraid of self-incrimination. However, there is a law in Minnesota called “implied consent” and it states that you do have the right to refuse testing. However, you will receive an additional criminal charge and your license will be revoked. It is said that when you acquire your license, you are implying consent right then and there.
Nonetheless, field sobriety testing typically involves a police officer asking a driver to perform tasks that show their physical or cognitive ability. Perhaps the officer will request the driver to walk a straight line, recite the alphabet backwards, or do the eye and penlight test.
Once taken to the police station, chemical tests can be conducted during the stop, using a breathalyzer machine that is designed to measure BAC. Sometimes drivers are even taken to the hospital where blood or urine tests can be performed.
Understanding DWI Criminal Penalties
If convicted of DWI, there are several penalties that can result. Depending on the number of prior DWI violations, if any, jail time, fines, probation, and other penalties can be more serious than they would be for a first-time offender. Even a first-time offender can see jail time, high fines, license revocation or suspension, and other harsh penalties if they had a minor in the vehicle with them, had a BAC of .20 or higher, caused an accident, and other acts that can aggravate the charge.
In order to avoid as many of the penalties as possible, a St. James DWI lawyer can evaluate every element of your case in order to secure the best possible outcome for you so you can move forward past the case.
Contact A Mankato DWI Attorney
DWI is a serious offense and one that has harsh consequences that can impact you now and in the long-term. If you have been charged with DWI, you can fight the charges. Just because an officer says you did not pass field sobriety tests or did not pass the breath test doesn’t mean that there are not factors that will enable you to effectively fight. To learn more about how the attorneys at Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office, Chtd. can help you, call 507-625-5000 for an initial consultation.