Understand How Criminal Charges Can Impact Your Driving Privileges

Losing your driving privileges doesn't just mean the loss of your license, it can also mean facing misdemeanor charges if you drive after your license is suspended or revoked.

Were you pulled over for driving while intoxicated (DWI)? Did you refuse breath or chemical testing? Are you a minor who was charged with underage drinking?

If you answered yes to any of these questions and you were convicted of a crime in Minnesota, you probably faced a number of penalties, one of which was the loss of your license and driving privileges. This is a big deal for some people because it can mean losing the ability to get to work or, as is the case for commercial truck drivers, maintain employment.

Minnesota Alcohol And Implied Consent Laws

Most alcohol-related offenses have criminal penalties — fines and jail time — and administrative sanctions, which include license suspensions and license revocations. Your Minnesota driver's license may be revoked if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of:

  • .08 to .15 (misdemeanor charge)
  • .16 or higher (gross misdemeanor)
  • .04 or higher (misdemeanor) — for commercial drivers operating a commercial vehicle
  • Zero tolerance (misdemeanor) — for anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 for any BAC

Because Minnesota is an implied consent state, your license will be suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles for refusing to take a breath or chemical test during a drunk driving traffic stop.

B-Card: Minnesota Restricted Driver's License

If the state has deemed you a repeat DWI offender — you have three or more DWI convictions on your record — and your driving privileges have been revoked, you may qualify for a B-Card, Minnesota's version of a restricted driver's license. Eligibility for a B-Card depends heavily on whether or not an offender has completed chemical dependency treatment or rehabilitation for the period of time defined by state law.

If you need your driving privileges to get to and from work, or to turn a new leaf and start over again, a restricted driver's license may be your best option. Let the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Kaess Law, LLC, help you.

Turn To Our St. Paul Firm For Help

At Kaess Law, LLC, we have a reputation for putting forth a strong defense in DWI/DUI cases. If you're facing serious criminal penalties and administrative sanctions because of an alcohol-related offense, we will do whatever it takes to make sure charges don't show up on your record and lead to the suspension of your driving privileges.

We are prepared for a fight and are not afraid to take your case before a judge if necessary.

If you're interested in discussing your case with a skilled, experienced defense attorney from our firm, call 651-204-2415 or send us an email and take advantage of a free case evaluation today.