If you are facing charges of DUI in Minnesota, you probably know some of the punishments you might face if convicted: Monetary fines, community work service, and jail time are all common punishments.
Less known, but often just as important, are the informal sanctions that can happen if you are convicted of a crime.
The most infamous of these sanctions is losing your driver's license.
If you get busted for a DUI, you can expect to lose your license for some period of time. Even if you go to trial and beat the criminal charges, the DMV can still come after you and potentially take your license.
Even a first-time DUI can result in you losing your license. These penalties can be imposed regardless of the outcome of any criminal or court findings.
If you have a DUI with a BAC under 0.16%, you can still expect a driver's license suspension of 90 days which means
No driving privileges for 15 days with limited license for the remaining 90 days
Full driving privileges for a period of 90 days with an ignition interlock device
If you get your first DUI and your BAC is > 0.16%, you can expect
A driver's license suspension of up to 1 year, carried out as either:
1 year of driver's license suspension. OR
1 year of restricted driving with an ignition interlock system.
If you have a Second DUI Offense within 10 years, you can expect a one year revocation, if you have a BAC over .08 and below .16. You have the option of not driving during the suspension or driving with an ignition interlock system. But if your BAC is .16% or more, you can expect two years revocation, you have the option of not driving during the suspension or driving with an ignition interlock system. In both cases your plates will be impounded. If you BAC is >.016 your vehicle will be forfeited as well.
The penalties get worse as you as you rack up further DUIs.
Another reason many drivers lose their licenses is for Insurance-Related Offenses. These occur when you fail to maintain or provide proof of insurance.
If you have 3 failure to maintain/prove insurance in 12 months, you'll have your license revoked for 30 days
If you have 4 failure to maintain/prove insurance in 12 months, you'll have your license revoked for 90 days
If you have 5 failure to maintain/prove insurance in 12 months, you'll have your license revoked for 1 year
You can also expect to have your license revoked if you fail to stop for a school bus 2 times or more within 5 years. If you pass or attempt to pass a school bus on the right, or when a school child is outside and nearby, you'll get your license revoked after only 1.
There are plenty of other ways to lose your license too, such as committing perjury on a driving-related form, or fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle. But these occur must less frequently.
Why you should hire a DWI attorney
If you are facing a DUI / DWI charge, and the possibility of having your license revoked is looming over your head, you need an experienced and qualified attorney to ensure that your interests and rights are fully protected.
Innocence is not enough. You need legal counsel to help you through the complicated DUI process, in both the criminal courts and with the DMV.