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Minnesota DWI Convictions:

First Offense: 

Jail:  Imprisonment of up to 90 days.

Fine:  Up to $1,000.

Revocation:   Up to 90 days.  If BAC is .20 or more, 180 day license suspension will be imposed. 

 Effective July 1, 2011, if a driver’s BAC is .08 to .19, then her or his drivers license will be revoked for 90 days for which they can apply for a work permit after only serving a hard revocation period of 15 days.  Drivers now have the option not  not to adhere to the 15 day hard revocation period only if they have an ignition interlock device installed on their motor vehicle.  

If the BAC for the first time DUI offender is .16 or more, then the DUI driver will lose her or his driving privileges for 1 year; The prior DUI law required only 90 days.  With respect to those DUI drivers with a BAC ranging from .08 to .19, those drivers with a .16 or more may have their driving privileges for the entire 1 year period if the driver agrees to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.  The installation of this device is approximately $300 plus maintenance and operations fees in excess of over $100 per month. If a DUI offender with a BAC of 0.16 and above refuses the ignition interlock device will lose their driving privileges from 1 year to 6 years.


Second Offense:  

Jail:  Imprisonment of up to 1 year in jail. 

Fine:   $3,000.

License Revocation:   180 days.  If BAC is .20 or more, 360 day license revocation will be imposed.

Whiskey Plates:  Whiskey plates are a special type of license plate that the state will impose on a driver for second or subsequent DUI offense.  The plates have the initials “WX or WY” which is designed to alert law enforcement officers that the driver of the vehicle has a DUI conviction.  Whiskey plates allow any law enforcement officer to stop the vehicle for any reason whatsoever.


Third Offense:  

Jail:  Imprisonment of up to 1 year in jail.

Fine:  Up to $3,000.

License Revocation:  Indefinite suspension.


Minnesota BAC Per Se: 0.08%

High BAC: 0.20%

BAC Zero Tolerance: 0.00%

Commercial Driver BAC While Operating a Commercial Vehicle:  0.04%

Minnesota Implied Consent Law/Test Refusal Consequences:   Yes.  If a person refuses a chemical test of their breath, urine or blood then he or she will receive a 1 year license suspension. 

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