Don't Let A DWI Ruin Your Life, Let Us Defend You

You have the right to an attorney if you've been arrested for drinking and driving in Minnesota and are now facing DWI/DUI charges. Let Kaess Law, LLC, in St. Paul, help you defend your rights.

By the time you see the flashing lights in your rear view window it's already too late. Police already have a reason to ask you if you've been drinking. All they need is to hear you slur your words, see your bloodshot eyes or catch one whiff of alcohol on your breath. Before you know it, you're being asked to blow into a Breathalyzer or take a field sobriety test.

Police take drinking and driving very seriously in Minnesota, which is why they will pull you over for swerving in a heartbeat. Refusing a breath test only makes you look guilty in their eyes and many officers will arrest you under suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) faster than you can say, "I want a lawyer."

DWI Penalties Under Minnesota Law

For most drivers in our state, the legal blood alcohol limit is .08. For commercial drivers, however, the legal limit drops to .04. Under our state's zero tolerance laws, the legal limit for minors (anyone under the age of 21) drops to zero.

There are a number of factors that can impact the drunk driving penalties you could face, including, but not limited to, how high your BAC was at the time of the breath test or if you were involved in a collision with another vehicle and someone was injured.

Multiple DWI convictions can lead to felony DWIs that lead to steeper penalties, including the loss of certain civil liberties.

How Breath Test Variability Can Affect You

Breath test devices are supposed to tell police when you are over the limit and breaking the law. Unfortunately, these machines aren't 100 percent accurate. In fact, there may be a .01 variability. While this might not seem like a lot, in some cases, it could mean the difference between a DWI and not.

Variability in breath tests is perhaps the most problematic in cases where a driver's BAC is .16 or higher. This can lead to a gross misdemeanor, steep fines, up to a year in jail, the immediate loss of driving privileges and the need for an ignition interlock device.

This is not a criminal charge you want on your record as it can affect your ability to drive again — even in other states — hold down a job or rent an apartment, among other things.

Don't Let A DWI Lead To Collateral Damage

Loss of your license, freedom and ability to work or secure a loan are just a few examples of collateral damage from a DWI. This doesn't have to be your future. At Kaess Law, LLC, we have successfully handled numerous criminal defense cases, including drink driving offenses. We know how to build a strong defense strategy that can lead to reduce charges or even a case dismissal.

Protect your rights, best interests and future freedoms with help from our founding attorney, Ryan Kaess. To schedule a meeting with him, call 651-204-2415 or contact us online to see up a free initial consultation.