Even After the Fines and License Suspension, You’re Not Done Paying
In the past we have discussed the different penalties (both criminal penalties and the driver’s license suspension) for a DWI conviction. There are four distinct levels or “degrees” to a DWI charge in Minnesota which you can read about at the links below:
- Fourth Degree DWI Penalties in Minnesota
- Third Degree DWI Penalties in Minnesota
- Second Degree DWI Penalties in Minnesota
- First Degree DWI Penalties in Minnesota
Additional Penalties for a DWI Conviction
While you will have to deal with the fines, license suspension, required ignition interlock and possible jail time after a DWI, the price you pay doesn’t end there. A DWI conviction on your criminal record and driving record can have an impact for years to come. A few of the ways a DWI can continue to cause trouble in your day to day life include:
- Increased Insurance Premium
A DWI on your driving record can cause a dramatic increase in what you pay for auto insurance. Your insurance is based on your age, the type of car you drive and your driving record. Having a DWI on your record can also affect the premiums that other drivers who live in the same household pay.
- Applications for Rental Property
If you go to rent a house or apartment, they are very likely going to do a criminal background check. While finding a DWI on your record will not automatically make you ineligible to rent an apartment, it can cause trouble especially in cases where there are many applicants and few openings.
- Future Job Openings
If your job directly involves driving, a DWI conviction will very likely threaten your current employment. In the future, even if you’re applying for a job where you do not drive, a DWI can keep employers from hiring you.
- Car Rentals
Some car rental companies will refuse to rent a car to someone with a DWI on their driving record.
A few countries like Canada will not allow entrance if you have a DWI or DUI on your record. This can become an issue for business travel, especially living in a neighboring state.
Avoiding DWI Penalties & Consequences
Hiring a lawyer is not a magic wand, and it cannot automatically make the consequences of a DWI conviction disappear. However, when you work with a DWI attorney they can help you work towards minimizing the consequences where possible or exploring alternative sentencing where possible.
During a free initial consultation, we can help you understand how Minnesota DWI law applies to your specific