In Minnesota, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.08. However, some people have been arrested with a BAC lower than 0.08 if they appeared to be intoxicated. A DUI or DWI charge can be an expensive ordeal that costs you tens of thousands of dollars. Here’s what can happen if you’re charged with a DUI.

What are the punishments for being convicted of a DUI?

If you’re a first-time offender who’s caught with a BAC over 0.16, you might be required to install an interlock ignition device on your vehicle. You might also lose your driving privileges for up to two years. If you’re a second-time offender, the punishment is the same.

After three or more offenses, you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and use it for up to six years. If you rack up multiple DUI offenses within a ten-year period, you might permanently lose your driving privileges.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is a device installed directly into your vehicle. To start the vehicle, you’ll have to blow into the device. If your BAC is over the legal limit, the vehicle will not start. This device is meant to prevent people from driving under the influence. To make sure the device is working, a service provider will check the device once a month.

How can you protect yourself from a DUI conviction?

Being charged with a DWI can drastically alter the course of your life, particularly if you have prior offenses. To protect your future, you might wish to hire an attorney. An attorney might be able to assist with a variety of cases, including a first offense DUI, a felony DUI, boating under the influence, snowmobiling under the influence and other charges.