Multiple DWI Arrests

Each time a person is arrested for DWI, the penalties become harsher. The jail time is longer, the fines are higher, and the penalties are all around more severe. It is possible for an individual to lose their license permanently and to forever be branded with a felony on their record. The only way to try and reduce the penalties is through a Minneapolis DWI lawyer

Repeat DWI Defense


The penalty system is based upon the number of arrests. For instance, a first time offense may be classified as a misdemeanor as long as there are no aggravating factors present, such as a minor child being in the vehicle at the time of the offense. A second offense becomes a gross misdemeanor and the result is jail time, fines, loss of license, and much more. A third offense is also a gross misdemeanor, while a fourth offense is a felony.

Overall, the penalty system depends upon how the prosecutor wishes to charge the crime. When it comes to multiple offenses, the prosecutor will work toward ensuring the defendant receives the toughest penalties possible. This is done by classifying the offense into a First, Second, Third, or Fourth Degree DWI with First Degree DWI being the most severe and a felony.

It is possible for a first time offender to be charged with a First Degree DWI and this is because the arresting officer may state that there are a number of aggravating factors present, such as there being a minor in the car and, perhaps another crime is being committed, such as the possession of drugs in the vehicle. More severe charges will also be sought if an accident occurred as a result of being intoxicated, ending in the accident victim being severely injured or killed.



The penalties of multiple DWI arrests go up with the number of convictions. For instance, a second offense results in at least 30 days in jail with up to $3,000 in fines, license and/or license plate revocation, and other penalties depending upon any other factors present. A third offense will result in at least 90 days in jail, impoundment of the vehicle, license revocation, and any additional penalties the court deems appropriate.

The fourth offense is where the most severe penalties lie with a 3 year jail sentence and $14,000 in fines. The individual loses their license and all driving privileges, their vehicle is impounded, and there are additional penalties that are handed down by the judge. Only through a Minneapolis DWI attorney can the charges be effectively challenged so that the penalties are not as harsh.

Contact A DWI Attorney Minneapolis


If you have been arrested more than once for DWI and you are in fear for your future, you need legal help. You need an attorney with the experience to navigate the law when it comes to multiple offenses because, fortunately, another arrest does not mean another offense exists or that the penalties need to be that harsh. To find out how you can have a better outcome in you case, call the DWI Guys of Meaney & Patrin at 612-223-7409 to schedule your free consultation and learn about your rights.