Sheridan & Dulas, P.A. Attorneys at law
Call For A Free Consultation 651-968-1249

How can you get a DUI in the state of Minnesota?

The title of this post may seem like a silly question. "Obviously if you drive with a blood alcohol level that exceeds 0.08, you can get a DUI" is probably what popped into your head, and that is correct. A blood alcohol content that exceeds 0.08 can earn you a drunk driving arrest. However, there are other circumstances in which you can get a DUI, or a different DUI charge, in the state of Minnesota.

For example, if you are underage, the state of Minnesota has a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving. That means someone under the age of 21 can't have any alcohol in their system. Even a BAC of 0.01 for an underage driver can result in a DUI.

Another variation of the law is that if you have a blood alcohol level that exceeds 0.16, you could receive an "enhanced" (usually called "aggravated") DUI charge. This will carry tougher penalties and affect your life in a variety of ways.

Also, remember that in Minnesota if you are arrested for a DUI, you must adhere to the "implied consent" law. This law says that you have to consent to a breath, blood or urine test, though you are allowed to refuse a preliminary test.

As we hinted at above, there are many penalties that someone can face when they are arrested on suspicion of DUI. They could have their license suspended for months, or even a year depending on the severity of the charge or if there are past drunk driving offenses. Your vehicle could also be confiscated, or you could be required to use an ignition interlock.

Source: FindLaw, "Minnesota DWI Laws," Accessed Sept. 19, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Take Action To Protect Your Future. Contact Us For A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

1380 Corporate Center Curve

1380 Corporate Center Curve Suite 320
Eagan, MN 55121

Phone: 651-968-1249
Fax: 651-686-7870
Eagan Law Office Map