More than 30,000 people are arrested each year on DWI charges in Minnesota, and nearly half of them are repeat offenders. One recently arrested man gave new meaning to the phrase “repeat offender,” after having racked up 27 DWIs. Perhaps even more surprising than the number is the fact that the man was not intoxicated at the time of his most recent arrest.
The fifty-nine year-old man was sent back to jail this past week for violating his probation. He was released from state prison back in January and a condition of his probation was that he not drive a motor vehicle, intoxicated or otherwise. He was not even issued a drivers license considering his previous DWI record. He apparently violated the terms or requirements of his probation when he was driving a motor vehicle and was subsequently spotted by a police officer in Otter Tail County. He’s now charged with driving after cancellation and there’s the possibility that he may be headed back to prison as a result, only a few months after being released. Although, the court should weigh many factors before coming to the conclusion that he is no longer amenable to probation. As stated, alcohol apparently was not at issue in his present arrest.
The State of Minnesota certainly has beefed up penalties against repeat DWI offenders, but only so much can be done to stop those determined to get behind the wheel of car while intoxicated. According to a report, the man has apparently gone so far as concocting numerous aliases and fictitious birth dates in attempts to get back on the road.
Though they weren’t able to stop this particular individual, the penalties in Minnesota for such repeat offenders can be quite serious. Current state law says that those with four or more DWI convictions in 10 years will be charged with felony DWI, a first-degree DWI and which is punishable by no less than three years in jail and a $14,000 fine.
The minimum jail time is just that, a minimum, and can increase to as much as seven years in prison. The consequences of repeat DWI convictions go beyond just jail time and a fine. Repeat DWI offenders may also face:
- Revocation of their drivers license
- Court ordered alcohol abuse treatment
- Mandatory ignition interlock systems and the fees that go along with them
- Court costs
- Substantially higher insurance rates and under certain circumstances, total inability to purchase insurance
- Vehicle forfeiture
- A criminal record making it harder to find and secure employment
These additional consequences demonstrate that the true cost of repeat DWIs is far greater than the minimum listed in Minnesota law. As a result, it’s crucial that you avoid being labeled a felon and move quickly to hire an experienced Minnesota DWI attorney who is able to fight for your rights. Contact Douglas T. Kans, an experienced DWI lawyer willing to do what it takes to protect you from the harm you could suffer as a result of a DWI conviction. Call today at (952) 835-6314 for a free case consultation.
Source: “Minnesota man with 27 DWIs back in jail for driving under cancellation,” by Kevin Wallevand, published at WDAY.com.