Third Offense DWI in Minnesota

If you have been charged with a third DWI offense in Minnesota, and your first offense was less than years earlier, you face the following criminal and administrative penalties.

Criminal Penalties

A third offense DWI in Minnesota is a gross misdemeanor and you may face:

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • A fine of $3000
  • Forfeiture of vehicle
  • Jail detention until the first court appearance
  • Completion of an alcohol treatment program
  • Electronic home monitoring

Depending on the charges, a third offense DWI in Minnesota can be considered a felony, with three or more years of prison time and a fine of up to $14,000. As with many DWI incidents, your automobile insurance policy rates will go up and you may even lose your auto insurance.

Administrative Penalties

If you are arrested for a third DUI in Minnesota, you will be considered as “inimical to public safety” and your license will be cancelled. You will then have three years of no detected use of alcohol and/or drugs for removal of the ignition interlock device, or, one year of a limited license with an ignition interlock restriction upon enrollment in treatment, and 2 years of an ignition interlock restricted driver’s license upon completion of treatment

Plea Options in Minnesota

Plea bargaining is an option in Minnesota. If you plead guilty to a lesser charge, you may be granted a reduced charge or sentence in your DWI case.

All Motor Vehicles Included

Be advised that third offense DWIs can be issued for any of the following vehicles regardless of whether they require a license.

  • Snowmobiles
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Golf carts
  • Riding lawn mowers
  • Any vehicle not meant for street use
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