When people drive drunk, they place others on the road at risk. In order to reduce the number of intoxicated or impaired drivers on the road, Minnesota has enacted laws prohibiting impaired driving. Driving while impaired (DWI) is a criminal offense. Depending on the circumstances, a DWI offense could result in a misdemeanor or felony charge. The state of Minnesota looks at several factors, including your blood alcohol content (BAC), the number of previous offenses on your record and whether there were any special circumstances, like children in the vehicle.
The state of Minnesota could bring additional charges or increase penalties against a driver if the BAC measured comes in at 0.16 percent or higher, the accused was transporting minors or has a criminal record of other alcohol-related offenses. Penalties can become quite onerous and could result in the loss of the accused's freedom and livelihood. Many employers choose to include clauses about criminal charges or convictions in work contracts, meaning that getting charged may also mean getting fired. Of course, the criminal penalties for a DWI are more concerning than the social fallout from the charges.