Shakopee DUI Charges Lawyer

In Minnesota, the penalties associated with driving while impaired (DWI) can increase exponentially for repeat offenders or in cases involving aggravating factors. If you have been charged with DUI, it is important to have an experienced lawyer protecting your rights.

Scott County Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

At Loftness Law Office in Shakopee, I provide knowledgeable legal counsel and skilled criminal defense representation to individuals who have been charged with drunk driving in the southwest metro and surrounding communities.

Aggravating Factors for Minnesota DWI

In Minnesota, certain aggravating factors can make drunk driving charges more serious and expose individuals to harsher penalties upon conviction. Any aggravating factor alone or in combination with other aggravating factors will result in a higher degree of DWI charges. For example, three or more aggravating factors will result in felony DWI/DUI.

The following are aggravating factors for DWI:

  • Blood alcohol content of .20 or higher
  • When a child under the age of 16 is in the vehicle at the time of the offense and the child is more than three years younger than the offender
  • A prior DWI conviction or alcohol-related license revocation has occurred within the 10 years preceding the current DWI offense

These aggravating factors can result in increased penalties such as longer suspension periods, more jail time and increased fines. If drunk driving is deemed to have resulted in serious injury or death of another motorist, passenger or pedestrian, the individual convicted of drunk driving may receive an additional 90-day license suspension.

The act of driving with a suspended license, while not an aggravating factor, can also result in increased penalties or additional legal complications. I have the experience to resolve all alcohol-related cases and strive to limit the exposure my clients have to the harshest penalties.

Contact Me Today

Considering that there are so many issues to process as you prepare your defense for your aggravated DWI/DUI case, you should have a Shakopee DUI charges attorney who will protect your rights in every aspect of your case. I will give you an honest and straightforward assessment of your overall situation, and guide you every step along the way. Contact me today for a free initial consultation.