If you’ve been arrested for a first- or second-degree DWI, you could find yourself subjected to jail time even before sentencing. Some offenders post bail, while others may be required to submit to Remote Electronic Alcohol Monitoring (REAM). Abstaining from alcohol is often a term of pre-trial release, but it’s not merely a request: REAM enforces the requirement with breath-alcohol measurements. These measurements are taken daily at a minimum, and could be even more often depending on the terms of your release. In Minnesota, REAM is invoked in pre-trial situations for people who fall into one of the following categories:
- A third implied consent or DWI violation within ten years;
- A second violation, if under 19 years of age;
- A violation while already cancelled as inimical to public safety for a prior violation; or
- A violation involving an alcohol concentration of .20 or more.