The charge of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (also know as Driving While Intoxicated or Operating under the Influence) means that you operated or attempted to operate a vehicle when you were incapable of safely doing so. It is a serious offense that can result in jail time, fines, and the loss of driving privileges.It is important to seek the skills of an experienced DUI lawyer when you are charged with a DWI in Minnesota. DWI defense is a complicated area and in order to defend against a DWI you must be prepared to attack the prosecution’s drunk driving evidence. The prosecution will try and prove their case by showing that your blood alcohol level (BAC) was above the legal limit or by showing that you performed poorly on field sobriety tests. They will also use other evidence such as poor driving skills, physical appearance, or statements you made to the officer. A seasoned DWI attorney can not only critically examine the results of the breath or blood tests, but he or she can also attack an officer’s field sobriety training techniques, contest the constitutionality of the initial stop, or even test the reliability and credibility of any witnesses.Overall, a Minnesota DWI case is no different that any other criminal charge. The government has the burden of proving the charge against you beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a very high standard and is the most difficult to prove, but with the ever growing intolerance for people who drink and drive, defending a Minnesota DWI is still more complicated today than it ever has been.
If you are charged with a first, second, third, or any subsequent DWI, please contact the attorneys at Anderson & Skubitz, PLLC immediately for a consultation.