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.