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The impact of a DWI on your driving privileges

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2023 | DWI |

Driving while impaired, also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious driving offense in Minnesota that can have severe consequences, not only in terms of legal penalties but also in relation to your driving privileges. A DWI conviction can result in administrative actions and restrictions on your ability to drive and understanding how this offense affects you is essential in navigating the aftermath.

License suspension or revocation

One of the immediate consequences of a DWI conviction is the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. The length of the suspension or revocation period varies depending on the jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of the offense. In some cases, a first-time DWI conviction may lead to a temporary suspension while repeat offenses or aggravated circumstances may result in longer revocation periods.

Mandatory ignition interlock device

In many jurisdictions, a DWI conviction may require the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle. This device measures the alcohol content in your breath before allowing the vehicle to start. If alcohol is detected above the set limit, the vehicle will not start.

Insurance repercussions

Insurance companies often view individuals with a DWI as high-risk drivers, resulting in increased premiums or even policy cancellation. Additionally, securing insurance coverage after a DWI conviction can become a difficult task, and you may be required to obtain specialized high-risk insurance.

Completion of alcohol education or treatment programs

To regain your driving privileges after a DWI conviction, you may be required by authorities to complete alcohol education or treatment programs. These programs aim to educate individuals about the dangers of drunk driving and help them make better choices in the future concerning their driving. Completing such a program successfully can often be a condition for license reinstatement.

Restricted driving privileges

In some cases, individuals with a drunk driving conviction may suffer restrictions on driving privileges. These restrictions may allow driving under specific circumstances, such as commuting to work or attending necessary medical appointments. Driving privilege restrictions are closely monitored, and any violations can lead to further penalties.

Dealing with a DWI charge

A DWI conviction has far-reaching consequences, impacting not only your legal record but also your everyday life through the restriction of your driving privileges. Understanding the specific laws and regulations in your jurisdiction can help you mitigate the consequences of a DWI charge or even contest its validity under some circumstances. In any case, avoiding alcohol consumption when driving is the prudent way to go while a careful strategy is necessary for best dealing with a potential DWI charge.