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Understanding the penalties for a first DWI

A DWI conviction can come with serious penalties in Minnesota, even for people facing a first offense in an incident where no one was injured. To be arrested for DWI, an individual must usually be found in control of a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. Of course, this applies to people pulled over while driving, but it can also apply to those found in their parked vehicles.

How alcohol impacts a driver

In 2016, 111 million people reported driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, only 1 million people were taken into custody for impaired driving in Minnesota and throughout the country. When a person drinks alcohol, it can have a variety of effects on his or her ability to drive safely. For instance, after only one or two drinks, there is a slight loss of judgment. There may also be a decline in the ability to multitask or process information visually.

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