DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer Serving The Minneapolis Metro

The signs posted above Minnesota overpasses aren't lying: Authorities routinely send out extra patrols to catch drunk drivers. Once they do make an arrest, they prosecute aggressively, particularly repeat offenders.

If you are arrested for driving while impaired (DWI), also commonly referred to as driving under the influence (DUI), you face serious consequences. You need a criminal law attorney who will do more than accompany you to court and walk you through the system.

Know Your Rights And Options

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have changed the landscape of DWI defense. Located in Golden Valley, Minnesota, attorney Matthew J. Mankey is committed to staying current with changes in the law that may improve the outcome of your case dramatically.

Call 612-424-9454 or send an email to schedule a free case review with Mr. Mankey.

Understanding Minnesota's Drunk Driving Laws

In Minnesota, blood alcohol content of .08 or above is over the legal limit. The maximum punishment for a first-time DWI is 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Mandatory penalties for a first-time DWI include a chemical dependency assessment, a loss of driving privileges and payment of reinstatement penalties.

Under Minnesota law, a commercial vehicle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .04 or above can be arrested for DWI. A commercial vehicle driver who violates the .04 standard is subject to suspension of his or her commercial driver's license for up to one year. Your job is at stake! Put an experienced Minneapolis DUI/DWI lawyer on your side.

If you drive drunk with a child in your car, have a blood alcohol concentration of .16 or more, or you are convicted of DWI more than once per decade, you may be charged with a third-degree DWI which, if convicted, could result in the receipt of a more severe penalty, including a lengthier jail sentence, higher fine and license suspension of a year or more. The procedures and penalties also differ for minors.

The Skilled Criminal Defense You Need

We review every aspect of a DWI case, from the police stop, to the manner in which a standardized field sobriety test was administered. Even veteran police officers have violated individual's constitutional rights during DWI arrests. These violations may be enough to have charges reduced or dismissed.

We also pay attention to the manner in which breath tests are administered or a blood or urine sample is taken. Breathalyzer machines are known for obtaining false readings, or authorities do not follow strict guidelines regarding time frames or procedures when administering these tests. A challenge on the admissibility of the test results can lead to reduced charges or a complete dismissal.

If you have questions about your arrest, we can answer them during a free, no-obligation consultation. Call 612-424-9454 or email us to schedule your appointment.