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First Steps After Being Charged With A DUI 

Anderson Law Office Aug. 15, 2022

What to Do When You Are Charged With A DUI in Minnesota? 

A DUI or criminal charge can turn your life upside down. It is natural to worry and imagine the worst. There are a lot of emotions that will be pouring out. A good attorney will help reduce your stress level and worries. By listening to your concerns and answering your questions every step of the way, your attorney will help you through what can be a difficult process. 

It is important to get experienced legal representation immediately. Please call an attorney as soon as possible to assist you and preserve your rights and defenses. 

When you are accused of a crime, finding a lawyer can be a daunting experience. Many people in this position try to handle it on their own without the experience and knowledge to adequately argue the merits of their case. DUI cases are too complicated to handle on your own and you are too emotionally involved to objectively reason. 

It is critical to analyze both the Implied Consent issues and the criminal issues. To win a DUI case you have to attack both and prevail. 

Whenever a case is analyzed it is critical to know all of the details about the reason you were stopped or approached by police, what procedures the officer(s) used during the stop and subsequent arrest, the type of test you submitted to or if you refused, what is contained in your prior criminal/traffic history, what the officer read you when you were arrested, were you allowed to contact an attorney, and many other variables. 

A thorough examination of the police report must be done to complete the analysis. It is important to have both views of the case prior to developing a strategy with regards to your case. 

Scott L. Anderson is always looking for defenses when he is analyzing the case. If there are defenses then he explores those in detail prior to moving forward with the criminal case and your license revocation case. If there are not defenses then it is his job to get the best possible result for you and get your license returned to you as quickly as possible at the most reasonable and affordable cost. 

It is imperative to begin analyzing your case immediately since there are time deadlines that must be met or the issue(s) are forever waived and lost. 

DUI License Ramifications 

Minnesota Implied Consent Process 

At the same time that you are charged with a criminal offense you are also given notice that your license is soon to be revoked and you have a 7 - 10 day temporary license before the revocation begins. This part of the process is commonly referred to as the Implied Consent. 

You have 60 days from the date of the stop to challenge any issues with regards to your license being revoked. This is an absolute deadline. 

Once your license is revoked you will be without driving privileges for varying days based on what you were charged with and how many prior DUI offenses you have on your driving record. 

For example, if this is your first offense and you tested over .08 but below .16 then you would not be eligible for a temporary license for seven days followed by no driving at all for 15 days until you satisfy the requirement to obtain a work permit. You would then be eligible for a limited license (work or school permit) for a total of 75 days before becoming valid. 

But Each Case Is Different and Unique 

It is critical to have representation in a DUI case. You have criminal charges against you, your license is revoked and you need an experienced DUI attorney to analyze and research the issues in an effort to defend your rights.