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A charge of DUI or DWI in the state of Minnesota is not to be taken lightly. Along with the burden of court appearance, a diminished driving record, and monetary fines, an individual facing these charges may also serve jail time.
Driving under the influence is a serious criminal charge that may impact future employment, housing, and even education. Protect your legal rights with the experienced criminal defense team at Barna, Guzy & Steffen.
The more quickly you contact an attorney to review the specifics of your case, the better they will be able to defend your legal rights and interests. With DWI/DUI charges, other variables must be considered as you craft your legal defense, including any previous DWI/DUI arrests, property damages, injuries to others, blood alcohol content at the time of the arrest, if your charge is related to alcohol or another substance, and any other charges associated with the arrest.
Working with an experienced attorney is critical, as many people simply do not know their full rights when facing a DUI/DWI charge. Our defense team will take the time to learn every detail of your case. We recommend that you record any details from the event while they are still fresh in your mind, which can greatly assist in the defense process.
One of the most important steps toward a fair trial is knowing your rights. Often, those arrested for DUI or DWI are not fully aware of their rights. Consult an attorney to solidify your defense. Knowing your rights can make all the difference.
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Listen to your Miranda Rights.
Request to speak with an attorney in private. Your Miranda warning will be read to you by the arresting officer. It is very important that you pay attention to every word of these rights.
If you are placed under arrest, the officer has most likely completed an investigation leading to the belief that there was probable cause that you committed a crime. At this point, the officer has made their decision. Do not think that you could say or do anything to change the officer’s mind.
Do not resist arrest. Resisting arrest could subject you to further criminal charges if you go too far. Additionally, your attitude toward the arresting officer, if negative or volatile, will be presented as supporting a guilty verdict. In general, juries do not react favorably to a person who fights with police and will most likely see this is as evidence of guilt.
If convicted, the prosecution could use any negative conduct to support a harsher sentence. In short, displaying aggressive behavior toward police will only cause trouble. Even if you are scared, angry, or are experiencing high anxiety, you must maintain composure and politely request to speak to an attorney in private.
DWI: Driving While Intoxicated
DUI: Driving Under the Influence
In some states, these terms have different meanings. In Minnesota, they are interchangeable. There is no technical difference between the two.
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Our attorneys offer highly sought-after professional services for which there is an associated fee. These fees will be discussed in your initial consultation.
Our attorneys and staff are professionals experienced in providing legal services with efficiency and the utmost of client confidentiality. Trust, dedication, and professionalism are essential to the success of any business relationship. We believe these characteristics are the essence of integrity, and we strive to nurture these values within our firm. Since our inception, the attorneys at Barna, Guzy & Steffen have been committed to providing comprehensive legal services within the framework of professional excellence.
The law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen offers dedicated attorneys who effectively and efficiently handle your legal needs with the highest level of professionalism.