In last weeks post we discussed the different possible DWI charges one could face in Minnesota. As discussed in this post often times the charge is decided by aggravating factors. So what are these aggravating factors?
WHAT ARE AGGRAVATING FACTORS?
Aggravating factors are any fact or circumstances that increase the severity of the crime. The state of Minnesota defines aggravating factors as:
(1) a qualified prior impaired driving incident within the ten years immediately preceding the current offense;
(2) having an alcohol concentration of 0.16 or more as measured at the time, or within two hours of the time, of the offense; or
(3) having a child under the age of 16 in the motor vehicle at the time of the offense if the child is more than 36 months younger than the offender.
While aggravating factors are important considerations, in general, a person who is convicted of a DWI can be subject to jail time, loss of driving privileges, long-term alcohol monitoring, and years of probation.
WHY DO YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY?
If you have been charged with a DWI, you need an experienced attorney to navigate the process with you. An experienced attorney can:
- Help gain your freedom by reducing your jail time
- Keep you driving by helping get your driving privileges back.
- Minimize damages to your criminal record pleading your conviction level down.
- Keep you employed by securing work release.
- Recommend you to professional alcohol-dependency services to ensure your personal success.
A DWI, although common, is a serious crime. A person who commits a DWI could find themselves in jail and facing thousands of dollars in fines. This could lead to job loss, a loss of freedom, and a lack of independence.
Derek Thooft has a proven track-record of zealously fighting for clients charged with a DWI. For more information and a free consultation, contact Derek Thooft at [email protected] or by phone at (651) 485-1254.