Minnesota License Revocation & Suspension Attorneys & Lawyers
In addition to the criminal penalties (which can include jail or prison time as well as significant fines) when you are charged with drunk driving in Minnesota, you also face certain administrative or civil sanctions. Amongst these administrative or civil sanctions is a driver’s license revocation or the loss of your driving privileges for a set period of time.
When you are facing the revocation of your driver’s license in the aftermath of a drunk driving arrest, it is important that you engage the services of a qualified, experienced DUI/DWI lawyer to ensure that your rights and interests fully are protected. Douglas T. Kans is a criminal defense attorney who focuses on driving while intoxicated cases, a lawyer who understands what must be done in order to provide you with the representation that you must have in regard to all aspects of your case, including defending you in the proceedings surrounding your driver’s license.
If you are in a position in which you have failed a breath, blood or urine test incident to your arrest for DWI, or if you refused to take one or another of these tests, your driving privileges actually can be revoked immediately. With that said, you often will be given a temporary license for a period of seven days before the revocation becomes fully effective.
- It is important to understand how swiftly the driver’s license revocation process moves. Therefore, it is crucial for you to retain the services of a qualified DWI attorney as soon as possible. You have no time to waste. Douglas T. Kans knows how important your driver’s license is to you and stands ready to become involved in your case, to provide you the representation that you require in this regard, immediately.
- Minnesota law sets forth different lengths of time in which your driver’s license can be revoked or even canceled depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. As you consider your legal options, it is vital that you appreciate what you potentially will be facing with regard to your all important driving privileges.
90 days suspension when all of the following factors are present:
- under .16 blood alcohol level content;
- no prior impaired driving incidents in the past ten years; and
- no aggravating factors associated with the current incident.
1 year suspension in the following situations:
- refusing a breath, urine, or blood test and:
- no prior impaired driving incidents in the previous ten years; and
- no aggravating factors associated with the current incident.
- .16 or more blood alcohol content
- second impaired driving incident in the past ten years plus a blood alcohol content under .16
2 year suspension for a second impaired driving incident in the past ten years plus a blood alcohol content of .16 or more.
3 year suspension for a third impaired driving incident in the past ten years
4 year suspension for a fourth impaired driving incident in the past ten years
6 year suspension for a fifth or more impaired driving incident in the past ten years
If you are under the age of 21 and your blood alcohol content is .08 or more, then all of the above sanctions apply to you.
If you are under the age of 21 and your blood alcohol content is under .08, then the following sanctions apply:
- 30 day suspension for your first impaired driving incident with no aggravating factors
- 180 day suspension for your second impaired driving incident with no aggravating factors
You do have certain rights associated with the revocation or cancellation of your Minnesota driver’s license privileges. Chief amongst these rights is that of judicially challenging your revocation by filing the appropriate legal documents with the court within a specific period of time. If one fails to file a judicial challenge to their driver’s license revocation within the statutorily required period of time, they waive their right to a judicial determination of their driver’s license revocation. Douglas T. Kans understands this, and with his significant experience as a criminal defense lawyer, can assist with this course of action.
Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a limited driver’s license during the period of time your general driving privileges have been withdrawn as the result of your DWI cases. If you qualify for a limited driver’s license, you may be able to drive for the following reasons:
- To and from your job
- To seek employment
- To chemical dependency treatment
- To provide for the medical, nutritional or education needs of your family
- To attend classes or courses at a postsecondary educational institution
You do need to understand that Minnesota law has established certain waiting periods before you will be able to obtain a limited drivers license. However, there are a few jurisdictions within Minnesota that will actually allow for a temporary driver’s license reinstatement of your full driving privileges pending the outcome of both your criminal and civil license revocation cases.
As was noted previously, it is important that you retain the services of a qualified Minnesota DWI lawyer who has a proven track record in assisting individuals with regard to driver’s license revocations, withdrawals and cancellations. Douglas T. Kans has fought on behalf of innumerable clients who required the most effective legal representation with regard to their driving under the influence cases.
If you are facing a driving while intoxicated charge and subsequent driver’s license revocation, or a possible forfeiture of your vehicle, you will want to contact Douglas T. Kans, an experienced and committed Minnesota DWI lawyer, today. Douglas stands ready to fight for your rights, including doing everything possible to protect you from the loss of your Minnesota driving privileges as the result of a DWI charge. Douglas will provide you an initial consultation to discuss your case and your rights.
Call (952) 835-6314 today for a free consultation.
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