A man in Minnesota was recently sent to prison after committing multiple drunk driving offenses. Specifically, he was sentenced to four years behind bars for committing a probation violation following a felony drunk driving conviction in 2017. Fortunately, people accused of felonies related to drunk driving in Minnesota cannot be convicted until and unless the government can prove their guilt in court.
The man who was recently sentenced to prison after violating his probation terms is 49 years old. Back in 2017, the court gave him a stayed sentence, meaning that a prison sentence would not be imposed unless he failed to fulfill his probation conditions. However, he was sentenced to a year in jail and then given seven years of probation.
With his current prison sentence, he is receiving credit for spending 256 days in jail previously. Therefore, if his behavior is good, he may be released from prison in under two years. At the moment, the man has five convictions for driving under the influence, which date back to the year 2010. The two latest offenses ended up being prosecuted under Minnesota's felony DUI legislation.
When people in Minnesota are charged with DUI felonies, they may understandably be frightened about losing their freedom. However, before they can face convictions and sentences, prosecutors must prove each element of their charges beyond a reasonable doubt -- a feat that is often challenging to achieve. An attorney will look for holes in the prosecution's case with the goal of helping the defendant in such a situation to achieve the most personally favorable outcome possible.