DWI/DUI FAQ

A drunk driving or a driving under the influence charge can happen to anyone. A momentary lapse in judgment or deciding to get behind the wheel because you feel safe to drive has resulted in countless Minnesotans facing steep fines, driver's license suspensions and even jail time. The following are some of the frequently asked questions that defense attorney Nick Gegen encounters at his Minneapolis law firm. It is important to remember that everyone's situation is unique and nothing can replace the advice that you receive from speaking with a lawyer. To make an appointment at the Gegen Law Firm, call 612-977-2790.

What is the difference between a DWI and a DUI?

Generally speaking, a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge and a driving under the influence (DUI) charge are used interchangeably. Legally speaking, a DWI is charged when a driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is measured at .08 or higher. A DUI charge occurs when a driver is suspected to be under the influence of drugs, either prescribed or illicit. A person can also be charged with DUI if both drugs and alcohol are suspected to be impairing the driver. The legal defenses for either charge are fairly similar.

What happens if I am found guilty?

The potential consequences for a DWI or DUI depend on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Prior convictions, BAC readings and other factors can influence the severity of the charge. Possible penalties include jail time, probation, license suspension, community service and heavy fines. You can be assured that no one who is convicted of a DWI or DUI walks away without facing any sort of consequence.

I failed the BAC test. Is there any hope?

Blood, breath or urine testing is not perfect. There are always defenses that can be raised. Human error can skew the results. The test results may not prove that you were actually intoxicated when you were behind the wheel. The police may not even have had probable cause to stop you in the first place. Attorney Nick Gegen will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest, and he will use this evidence in an effort to get your charges dismissed or reduced.

Charged With Drunk Driving? Contact Attorney Nick Gegen Today.

If you have been charged with drunk driving or DUI, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Call 612-977-2790 or complete the online contact form to schedule an initial consultation.