YOU COULD BE FACING JAIL TIME IF YOU ARE CONVICTED OF A MINNESOTA THIRD DEGREE DWI.
A Third Degree DWI is a Gross Misdemeanor criminal offense in Minnesota. A Gross Misdemeanor is an intermediate level criminal offense, above a Misdemeanor and one step below a Felony.
A Third Degree DWI results if it is the driver’s second DWI offense within the previous ten years and the driver’s blood alcohol content is under .20.
A third Degree DWI charge will also result if it is the driver’s first DWI within the last ten years and the driver’s blood alcohol content was a .20 or above or the driver refused to submit to testing or the driver’s blood alcohol content was .08 to .19 and there was a child in the vehicle at the time of driving.
IF CONVICTED OF A MINNESOTA THIRD DEGREE DWI, YOU COULD FACE A MANDATORY THIRTY DAYS IN JAIL.
If sentenced to the thirty days in jail, you must serve at least forty-eight consecutive hours in jail. You may then be eligible to serve the remaining twenty-eight days on work release or on electronic home monitoring if you qualify for these alternative programs.
Thirty days in jail is the minimum; depending on the facts and circumstances of your Third Degree DWI case, as well as any prior DWI convictions, the state may seek more than the thirty-day minimum jail sentence. In addition to jail time, you will also face an increased length of probation and higher fine as well as alcohol monitoring.
IN ADDITION TO THE CRIMINAL CONSEQUENCES TRIGGERED BY A MINNESOTA THIRD DEGREE DWI CONVICTION, YOU WILL ALSO FACE A LOSS OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE AND LICENSE PLATES FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR.
You will lose your license for two years if it is your second DWI offense within the last ten years and your blood alcohol content was .16 to .19. You may be eligible to drive during your revocation period with the use of ignition interlock. These revocation periods are not reduced if you plead guilty to the 3rd Degree DWI charge.
Contact our Minneapolis / St. Paul DWI lawyers today if you or someone you know is facing a Third Degree DWI. Our attorneys will thoroughly review your 3rd Degree DWI and do everything we can to get your driver’s license back and help you avoid a DWI conviction.