Getting arrested for drinking and driving is a charge you may face after a fun night out or a small gathering with friends. This charge can result in serious consequences and penalties, particularly if you have a DWI already on your record.
While getting arrested for DWI may happen unexpectedly, you may assume you know what the ensuing process looks like. However, there are many myths that surround what getting a DWI is like.
1. DWIs only happen with a BAC of 0.08 or above
According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, the legal blood alcohol concentration limit in the state of Minnesota is 0.08. However, you can still face charges for drinking and driving even if you drive with a BAC level below this threshold.
2. Driving carefully can help you avoid arrest
After you have a few drinks, you may think you can avoid arrest by simply driving carefully. However, even one drink can impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, increasing your chances of a DWI arrest.
3. A first-time DWI comes with minimum consequences
No matter how many DWIs are on your record, you still face serious consequences. For example, a first-time DWI arrest can result in the loss of your license for anywhere from 30 days up to a year, hefty fines, and time in jail.
A DWI conviction can impact your current career, future employment and educational opportunities, your reputation and your finances. Following an arrest, creating a strong defense that protects your rights is absolutely vital.