Minnesota is pretty strict when it comes to penalizing drunk drivers, as lawmakers have established mandatory minimum sentences for any individuals convicted of multiple DUIs. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at what penalties you might face if you’ve been convicted of multiple DUI charges to help express how important it is that you seek out professional representation if you are facing another DUI charge.
Mandatory DUI Minimums
A first offense DUI can be punished in a number of different ways, but there are no mandatory sentencing guidelines for a first offender. Here’s a look at the mandatory minimums for multiple DUI convictions in Minnesota:
Second DWI Within 10 Years – You will be sentenced to a minimum of 30 days of incarceration, and of these 30 days, at least 48 hours must be served in jail/workhouse, with eight hours of community work service for each day less than 30.
Third DUI Within 10 Years – You will be sentenced to a minimum of 90 days of incarceration, or which at least 30 days must be served consecutively in a local jail/workhouse.
Fourth DUI Within 10 Years – You will be sentenced to a minimum of 180 days of incarceration, of which at least 30 days must be served consecutively in a local jail/workhouse.
Fifth DUI Within 10 Years – You will be sentenced to a minimum of one year of incarceration, of which at least 60 days must be served consecutively in a local jail/workhouse.
Remember, these are only the mandatory minimum sentences; odds are there are going to be a number of other penalties levied by the judge. You’ll probably lose your driver’s license, face big fines, see huge spikes in car insurance if you can even get insurance at all, and you’ll likely be ordered to participate in a substance abuse course.
Because the penalties are so severe and can disrupt your family or work life, it is imperative that you seek out assistance from an experienced DUI lawyer like Avery Appelman. Challenging and winning DUI cases is Avery’s favorite thing to do in his practice, and he has decades of experience and similar cases to lean on to help provide you with the best defense possible.
If you are interested in learning more about what Avery and his team can do for you, consider setting up a free strategy session with our team. We’ll go over the details of your case, give you a basic understanding of what to expect, and if you like what we can offer, you can hire us to get to work on your defense. You can set up that free meeting by clicking here or by giving us a call at (952) 224-2277.