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Life after a Felony DWI

by Jul 5, 2011DWI / DUI, Sam Edmunds

Felony: The word could hardly be heavier, and with good reason. Felonies represent the most serious category of criminal charges, and the corresponding penalties are equally severe.

So what happens after you’ve been convicted of a felony DWI? In Minnesota, if you’re found guilty of a felony first-degree DWI, the court must impose a minimum jail sentence.  For those offenders with multiple felony DWI’s prison is likely your next home.    Yes, you read that correctly: Prison.

Having a good attorney can be the difference between an going to prison or walking free.

Jail and prison time isn’t the only factor to consider, because the consequences of felony DWI can follow you far beyond the jail cell. Following release from jail, an individual with a felony DWI conviction is placed on probation. If you violate the terms of your probation, you may face additional penalties including, but not limited to, a return to jail.

And then there’s the issue of your record. Potential employers and landlords often require disclosure of previous felony convictions. DWI convictions and implied consent actions stay on your driving record permanently.

In summary, felony DWI convictions are serious business — and an individual facing these charges has a serious fight on his or her hands. If you find yourself facing possible felony charges, arm yourself with the best resources available. Your freedom depends on it.

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