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DWI Laws - What is Prohibited by Minnesota Law?
Drunk Driving, Minnesota  DWI


Minnesota's DWI Law states that it is a crime:

  1. to drive, operate or be in control of any motor vehicle  (any vehicle including a lawnmower) anywhere in the state (not just on road) while:
    • under the influence of alcohol , a controlled substance, or (knowingly) a hazardous substance, or any combination of these;
    • having an alcohol concentration (AC) of .08  (.08 means .08 percent of alcohol concentration, which is 8/10,000ths by volume) or more at the time, or within two hours, of driving, operating or controlling a motor vehicle;
    • having  any amount or the metabolites of a schedule I or II controlled substance, other than marijuana, in the body; or
    • if the vehicle is a commercial vehicle having an alcohol concentration of .04 or more at the time, or within two hours or the time of the driving conduct; or
  2. to refuse to submit to a chemical test of the person's blood, breath or urine under Minnesota Statutes ,section 169A.52 which the Implied Consent Law.

Criminal Penalty Enhancement -  Criminal penalties can be increased when there are aggravating factors present when the crime was committed.

  1. No aggravating factors: 4th Degree DWI, misdemeanor (maximum penalties of $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail);
  2. One aggravating factor: 3rd Degree DWI, gross misdemeanor (maximum penalties of $3000 fine  and one year in jail);
  3. Two aggravating factors:  gross misdemeanor (maximum penalties of $3000 fine  and one year in jail)
  4. Three or more aggravating factors: felony (maximum penalties: seven years incarceration in prison and a $14,000 fine).

Aggravating Factors include:

  • a qualified impaired driving incident within the preceding ten years;
  • an alcohol concentration of .20 or more upon arrest (but not for a felony, 1st degree DWI); and
  • presence of a child under the age of 16 n the vehicle, if more than 36 months younger than the offender (but not for a felony, 1st Degree DWI).

A Prior Qualified Impaired Driving Incident includes:

  • a prior impaired driving conviction; and
  • a prior driving impaired related license revocation or cancellation (implied consent revocations).

The prior qualified incidents must be separate incidents within the preceding ten years but may involve any kind of motor vehicle including a passenger motor vehicle, a school bus, a commercial motor vehicle, an airplane, a snowmobile, an all terrain vehicle, off road vehicles or a motorboat.


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