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Minneapolis-St. Paul DWI Defense Attorneys

A DWI arrest can seem like a nightmare. If convicted, you can be sentenced to stiff fines and/or jail time. You can lose your right to drive for months, years or, in some cases, forever. Depending on your blood alcohol level, your vehicle can be confiscated – even on a first offense. A DWI can result in higher insurance rates and fewer job options. It can jeopardize your personal and professional lives.

Don’t Give Up: Call Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense At 612-474-5420

If you have been arrested for driving while impaired (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), do not give up and do not plead guilty without first speaking to an experienced Minnesota DWI defense lawyer. A Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense attorney is available to speak with you right now. Call us at 612-474-5420 any hour of the day or night. Our criminal defense lawyers are here to help. Just because you blew 0.08 or above on a breath test does not mean you are automatically guilty of driving while impaired. Our DWI attorneys have helped hundreds of people just like you avoid the harsh penalties associated with drunk driving charges. We will attack the criminal charges against you with the goal of getting the case dismissed or the charges reduced. Our defense lawyers will work to protect your right to drive and minimize the negative consequences to your driving record. To learn more about our DWI defense practice, please visit the following pages:

  • Driver’s license revocation: Unless you take steps to fight it, your driver’s license will be automatically revoked after an arrest for DWI.
  • Felony DWI: A felony on your record can negatively affect all areas of your life.
  • First DWI: It is important to fight your first DWI to avoid more severe penalties if you are ever arrested again for driving under the influence.
  • Ignition interlock: We can help accelerate the process of enrolling in the ignition interlock program, work to avoid the use of an ignition interlock device entirely or minimize the amount of time it must be installed.
  • Multiple DWIs: Consequences for conviction become increasingly harsh with every DWI arrest.
  • DWI and implied consent: If you do not address this aspect of your case, a DWI can remain on your driving record forever – even if you are never convicted of DWI in criminal court.
  • Vehicular homicide: We will defend you against these charges whether or not circumstances included a DWI arrest.
  • Criminal vehicular operation: If you injured another person while driving, you may face this charge.

Our DWI defense attorneys regularly take DWI cases to court and get the charges against our clients dismissed or reduced.

Dedicated To DWI Defense

Attorney Ryan Pacyga has dedicated his entire practice to defending clients charged with driving while impaired, criminal vehicular operation and criminal vehicular homicide. He understands the science involved in DWI cases. He knows how to challenge the evidence against our clients, how to question the validity of the DWI stop, and how to achieve positive results. He teaches continuing legal education classes for other lawyers on DWI defense.

What Is Considered DWI Under Minnesota State Law?

There are two forms of DWI in Minnesota. The first is if law enforcement believes you’re impaired by alcohol or a drug to the point that your normal coordination or ability to drive is compromised. The other one is testing at a 0.08 or higher blood alcohol level … Read more.

How Long Will A DWI Charge Remain On My Driving Record In Minnesota?

In most cases, convictions for DWI will stay on your record forever. They are what’s called “enhanceable,” which means they can be used against you to make another one more serious within a 10-year window of time. They can stay on your record even longer, but they can’t be used against you to make your next charge more serious after 10 years. There are limited rights to expunge a DWI but it’s difficult and uncommon … Read more.

What Evidence Do Police Look For At The Scene Of A Drunk Driving Accident?

Police are looking for alcohol containers as well as signs of the type of driving conduct that they believe supports an argument that there was impaired driving and that your motor skills were compromised by alcohol to the extent that you weren’t able to control your vehicle. When a driver is suspected of DWI, the individual is generally arrested, after being asked to perform field sobriety tests and a breath test … Read more.

What Are Penalties For DWI Convictions In Minnesota?

We have four degrees of DWI. A fourth-degree DWI is common for a first-time DWI. That means they either believe you’re impaired while driving or your breath, blood or urine test was between a 0.8 and a 0.15. The maximum penalty is 90 days in jail and a one thousand dollar fine. A third-degree or second-degree DWI is a test of 0.16 or higher; a test refusal, having a child in the car, or having a prior DWI within the past 10 years … Read more. If you have been charged with DWI in Minnesota, do not give up hope. Contact Ryan Pacyga Criminal Defense today.