In the state of Minnesota, driving is a privilege. This privilege can be taking away from you under several circumstances, including the usage of alcohol. In some cases, it can be very difficult to get your license back. If you are facing a license suspension in Minnesota, you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Understanding License Suspension
One of the most common reasons for drivers license suspension in Minnesota is a DWI. If you are convicted of a DWI, you will most likely have your license suspended or revoked. However, it’s important to know that license suspension is handled as a separate case from a DWI. That means you could have your license suspended even if you are not convicted of a DWI.
The length of time for license revocation varies depending on both the type of offense and the number of times you’ve had your license suspended in the past. For a first offense, your license will typically be suspended for:
- 90 days if your blood alcohol level was between .08 and .15;
- 1 year if your blood alcohol level was above .15; and
- 1 year if you refused a blood alcohol test.
Minnesota punishes repeat offenders harshly. For a second offense, your license suspension can be much longer, including:
- 1 year if your blood alcohol level was between .08 and .15;
- 2 years if your blood alcohol level was above .15; and
- 2 years if you refused a blood alcohol test.
If you have a third or subsequent offense, your license will be revoked for a period of 3 to 6 years. Your license won’t automatically be returned to you when the suspension period is over. Getting your license back after a second or subsequent offense may also require an ignition interlock on your vehicle.
Drivers License Suspension Defense Lawyer
License suspension is not something that should be dealt with alone. The moment you are aware that your license may be suspended, it’s important to contact a qualified defense lawyer. Your lawyer may be able to prevent your license from being suspended or to get the suspension period reduced. If you don’t seek the help of a lawyer, you might find yourself without a license for a very long time.
Once your license is suspended, you may need help getting it back. In many cases, there is complicated paperwork, or programs, to complete before you can have your license reinstated. A qualified defense lawyer will make sure you are on the right track to getting back behind the wheel. The longer you wait to contact a lawyer, the more time and money you may waste in failed attempts to have your license returned.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
When your license is suspended, you need the best attorneys to help you get it back. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we have helped many clients keep their licenses, or get them back after a suspension. Our attorneys work hard to get you back behind the wheel. Don’t let the suspension of your license ruin your life. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our online form for a free consultation.