Minnesota’s statutory law recognizes several different degrees of offenses for
Driving While Intoxicated. A person with one or more previous convictions for DWI will face increasingly severe penalties for subsequent offenses.
Here are some key points to understand about penalties for repeat DWIs.
A second charge for drunk driving can lead to the revocation of a driver’s license for up to one year. If a driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration is greater than .16, the state may revoke his or her license for two years. With a court’s consent, it may be possible to avoid losing a license by installing an interlock ignition device.
A third offense may prompt the state to revoke a driver’s license for three years regardless of a driver’s BAC. Likewise, a fourth offense can lead to revocation for four years regardless of a driver’s BAC.
A second DWI conviction carries a minimum of thirty days of jail time. In some instances, it may be possible to substitute community service for confinement.
A third conviction typically carries a minimum of ninety days of jail time. A fourth conviction could result in jail time ranging from 180 days up to 7 years.
Fines for DWIs become increasingly costly after each expense. The fine for a second or third offense can run up to $3000. After a fourth or fifth DWI conviction, a defendant could face up to $14,000 in fines.
Ultimately, it is important to recognize that several factors can affect the outcome of a repeat DWI offense.