As one of the leading types of bail bonds issued in our area, DWI charges can be scary and confusing. While most cases are not clear cut and consequences vary depending on individual situations, here are some common questions related to DWI concerns:
What is the difference between a DWI and DUI?
In Minnesota, there is little difference between these terms. Historically, a DUI implied driving under the influence, without a specific alcohol level associated. DWI charges indicated a defendant was driving with a blood alcohol level (BAC) above .08. However, many years ago the state changed its statutes to identify both terms under the “driving while impaired,” categorizing all instances as DWIs.
Will I go to jail when charged with a DWI?
In short, sometimes. Each person charged with a DWI comes with a unique set of circumstances and background, making it impossible to treat every case the same. If a person charged with thier first DWI has no criminal background and was pulled over with a low BAC, they may not face jail time. However, a defendant with a high BAC who has been charged with many similar offenses may find themselves in jail.
Can I get a DWI removed from my permanent record?
If you are convicted of a DWI you are not able to have it expunged from your criminal record. However, a lawyer may be able to negotiate the charges and terms of your penalties.
Do I need an attorney when facing DUI/DWI changes?
An experienced attorney may offer important benefits to clients facing DWI charges. Depending on your background and the penalties at stake, a lawyer with knowledge of DWI statutes may be able to offer assistance in reducing sentences, helping prep for court appearances, and offer guidance in handling financial affairs.
If you or someone you know is need of a bail bond for DWI-related charges, contact AAA Bail Bonds, with locations throughout greater Minnesota.