New Year’s Eve is just one night out of the year. But on that one night, there are more police officers patrolling the streets than any other night of the year. That’s because more people drive drunk on New Year’s Eve than any other night of the year.
No party is worth the risk/price of a DWI.
Here are the facts about a DWI in the state of Minnesota.
1. Blood alcohol concentration. It is illegal to drive a car with a BAC of .08% or more [0.04% if you are driving a commercial vehicle.] Depending on the circumstances of the violation, you can be arrested even with a BAC of less than .08%.
There are several factors that affect BAC and everybody metabolizes alcohol at a different rate so there’s no exact formula to determine how many drinks it takes to reach a BAC of .08%. The chart below, however, gives BAC estimates that correspond to number drinks consumed and body weight.
2. Implied consent law. If a police officer stops you and asks you to take a blood, breath or urine test, it is against Minnesota law to refuse. The office is required to tell you that it is illegal to refuse the test and that if you refuse the test you are committing a crime.
You can refuse to take the test as long as you have not been in an accident where someone was seriously injured or killed. If you’re in such an accident then you cannot refuse the blood, breath or urine test. You should know, however, that if you refuse to take the test, you will have your driver’s license revoked for a minimum of one year. You can also be sentenced to up to one year and jail and fined $3,000.
3. Your Car. Generally speaking, you can expect your car to go to an impound lot while you go to jail. In addition to all the fines mentioned above, the Minneapolis impound lot will charge you the following?
St. Paul’s Impound Lot charges are similar.If you want someone else to get your car out for you, you’ll need a notarized statement and you’ll need to FAX the following information to the impound lot
Quite a hassle; though nothing compared with the process of a DWI case.
4. Penalties for the first misdemeanor DWI. If you are found guilty of driving while intoxicated, you could face:
There’s simply too much on the line to justify over-imbibing. Please consider celebrating with a sober driver, use public transportation, a cab/Uber/Lyft or ring in the New Year in the same place you’ll spend the night.