What is a Third-Degree DWI in Minnesota?
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 in Minnesota 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 3rd Degree DWI charge in Minnesota 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.
Third-degree DWI’s in Minnesota are serious. If an officer gave you a third-degree DWI charge in Minnesota, our DWI defense lawyers can help. We know of potential defenses are ways to reduce the sentence your case may come with.
Third-Degree DWI Penalties in Minnesota
If sentenced to 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.
You may also 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 an ignition interlock. These revocation periods are not reduced if you plead guilty to the 3rd Degree DWI charge.
Contact a Minnesota DWI Attorney Today
Our criminal defense attorney 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 DWI lawyer can try everything possible to help avoid a DWI conviction, or potentially get charges reduced. The only way to know if we can help is if you give us a call. We’ve helped many clients across Minnesota and want to help you too.
Yes. If convicted, you will have to serve at least 48 consecutive hours in jail. Then you may be able to serve the rest outside of jail but monitored through electric home monitoring.