DWI/OWI


Minneapolis & St. Paul DWI Lawyer

DWI is a serious offense in Minnesota, just as OWI is serious in Wisconsin. Despite the state you are charged in, the Kirk Anderson Law Firm can defend you, using one of a number of strategies that can reduce the charges against you for a less strict conviction or the charges against you could be entirely dismissed. We strive to reach the proper conclusion in your case so that you are able to move on with your life as soon as possible.

The different types of DWI/OWI charges and topics include:

Minnesota DWI Offenses & Penalties

A DWI can be charged as a misdemeanor or it can be a felony that carries a $14,000 fine and a prison term of up to 7 years. If a person has been convicted of a DWI or DUI at least once, there are mandatory minimum sentences that must be imposed by the judge. For instance, the mandatory minimum for someone who has received three DUI convictions within the past 10 years is 90 days in jail. The mandatory minimum for someone who has been convicted of their fifth DUI within 10 years is 1 year in jail.

While these minimums are “mandatory,” your Minnesota DWI & OWI defense lawyer is able to argue and negotiate on your behalf so that other available options can be taken advantage of. A DWI can have a penalty as high as 7 years and as low as no jail time (misdemeanor), as well as specific penalties for offenders under the age of 19 (license revocation, classes, fines, etc.).

Wisconsin OWI Offenses & Penalties

OWI has a laundry list of penalties. First and second offenses (as long as there are not others within the preceding 10 years), may not have any jail time, but may have fines and forfeitures. A second offense within 10 years results in fines and 5 days to 6 months in jail. The penalties and fines continue to increase as the number of offenses increase or when there is an OWI causing injury, great bodily harm, or death. A tenth OWI can result in 12 ½ years in prison with “Homicide while OWI” can result in up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

In the case of Wisconsin’s OWI, the penalties will depend upon the offense type and how many repeat offenses a person has had. In other words, it is very similar to Minnesota’s DWI. Factors such as underage alcohol offenses, the type of vehicle being operated, and even the type of license that an individual holds (i.e. CDL) will determine the penalties.

If you have been charged with DWI or OWI, you do deserve a fair shot at having a good future. We understand that mistakes are made and we know that there are times innocent individuals are charged. You can count on having a Minneapolis DWI & OWI defense attorney who will get to the bottom of it for your benefit.

Contact A Minneapolis DWI & OWI Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with DWI or OWI, you need a competent and aggressive attorney working by your side. If your Miranda Rights were not read to you or there were any violations, you can count on this information being used in your favor. Your case will be evaluated from every angle so that the best possible defense can be put together for you. For a free consultation, call 612-332-3100 today.