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Minneapolis Attorney Defending Against Multiple DWI Charges
You know what I hate? When people judge me before they know me. I bet you hate that, too.
I won’t judge you—I’ll fight for you.
My name is Murad Mohammad. I’ve been working as a criminal defense attorney in Minnesota since 2006. And I have seen time and again how the criminal justice system and the court of public opinion pass judgment on individuals with multiple drunk driving convictions. This leads to increased penalties that last longer and collateral consequences that take longer to overcome.
Second and Subsequent DWIs: The Basics
The criminal and administrative consequences of your first DWI pale in comparison to what you face with a second or subsequent DWI, especially if those multiple DWIs occur within a 10-year period. For instance:
- Second-offense DWIs have the same jail time and fine costs as a first-offense DWI (up to 90 days and up to $1,000). The administrative penalties increase, however, from 90 days of suspension to up to 1 year of no privileges or 1 year of driving with an ignition interlock device. You also have your license plates impounded—yes, that means you then get hit with whiskey plates.
- Third-offense DWIs see an increase of jail time from 90 days to 1 year, and fines from $1,000 to $3,000. You also have your license automatically cancelled and then have to use an ignition interlock device (IID) for three years. Your plates are again impounded.
- Fourth-Offense DWIs bring felony-level consequences, including up to 7 years in prison and up to $14,000 in fines. Your vehicle is forfeited. To regain driving privileges, you must agree to 4-6 years of an ignition interlock device. A fourth-offense can also increase your charges to a felony DWI if it’s your fourth drunk driving arrest within a 10-year period.
Any aggravating factors can quickly cause these consequences to jump higher. Aggravating factors include whether there was a child in the car with you or if you caused an injury or death due to driving impaired.
But That’s Not All
The criminal and administrative consequences laid out above are just the beginning of your troubles if you plead guilty or are convicted of a multiple-offense DWI. You could potentially lose your job, face increased penalties if convicted of any other crime, and find yourself being consistently turned away for housing or employment.
Do not accept these consequences. Fight them.
Want to Beat Repeat DWI Charges? Call Me.
There are ways to work the system in your advantage. Thanks to my years of experience, I know just what those ways are and if they are options in your situation.
Don’t talk to the police if you are charged with a multiple DWI offense. Instead, pick up the phone and call me. You can reach me at 651.283.5324 or you can send me an email. I offer confidential, no-cost consultations.