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Kentucky DUI Law Information

Drivers arrested for DUI in Kentucky face high fines and penalties.

Minnesota DUI Law Information

Drivers arrested for driving while impaired (DWI) in Minnesota may be charged with DWI and face jail time, fines, and a driver’s license suspension.

Minnesota DWI defined

It is illegal in the State of Minnesota to operate a motorized vehicle in any generally accessible area while intoxicated. The state defines driving while impaired (DWI) as operating a motorized vehicle while who under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or other intoxicating substance or a combination of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or other intoxicating substance or operating a motorized vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of “0.08 grams or more per 100 milliliters of blood, per 210 liters of breath, or per 67 milliliters of urine.” (Minnesota Vehicle Code Section 169.011)

Minnesota Look Back period: 10 years

The Minnesota look back period is 10 years, which means a second DWI charge within a 10 year period may result in more enhanced DWI penalties and higher fines.

Criminal DWI Penalties in Minnesota

First DWI offense:
(Misdemeanor)
(BAC under 0.16)

  • 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine
  • 90 days license suspension (reduced to 30 days with a plea of guilty to DWI)
  • Chemical Dependency Assessment and Treatment
  • Installation of ignition interlock device required for restricted driving privileges

First DWI offense:
(Gross Misdemeanor)
(BAC over 0.16 or a child is in the car)

  • One year in jail and/or $3,000 fine
  • Chemical Dependency Assessment and Treatment
  • Installation of ignition interlock device required for restricted driving privileges

Second DWI offense:
(Gross Misdemeanor)
(Within 10 years)

  • Potential fine up to $3,000
  • Jail time up to one year
  • Chemical Dependency Assessment and Treatment
  • License suspension 180 days
  • Fines and penalties up to $3,000
  • Installation of ignition interlock device required for restricted driving privileges

Third DWI offense:
(Gross Misdemeanor or Felony)
(Within 10 Years) 

  • ·         Jail time up to one year (misdemeanor) or up to three or more years (felony)
  • ·         Chemical Dependency Assessment and Treatment
  • ·         Minimum one year license suspension
  • ·         Fines and penalties up to $3,000 (misdemeanor) and up to $14,000 (felony)
  • ·         Electronic home monitoring
  • ·         Vehicle forfeiture

Fourth DWI offense:
(Felony charge)
(Within 10 years)

  • License suspension up to 4 years
  • Fines and penalties up to $14,000
  • Jail time up to seven years
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Chemical Dependency Assessment and Treatment
  • Vehicle forfeiture

Administrative Penalties in Minnesota

Drivers in Minnesota have given their implied consent to submit to a chemical test if they have been arrested for DWI. Failure to consent to the required testing may result in administrative penalties, which are administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and are imposed regardless of whether the driver is ultimately convicted for DWI.

Drivers who receive the form entitled “Officer’s Certification and Notice of Suspension” may have the legal right to request an administrative hearing to challenge their license suspension. Requests for hearings must be made within 30 days from the date of the arrest. Drivers who do not make the request will automatically have their license suspended.

Drivers who fail the chemical test will face the following administrative penalties:

  • First test refusal (assuming there have been no previous DWI incidents within the past 10 years)- one year license suspension.
  • Second test refusal for a person with one qualified prior impaired driving incident within the past ten years, or two qualified prior impaired driving incidents – two year license suspension.
  • Third test refusal within the past 10 years or three qualified prior impaired driving incidents- three year license suspension.

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