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DWI / DUI Facts in North Dakota and Minnesota

DUI - North Dakota
1. How serious is a DUI charge in North Dakota?
In North Dakota, a charge for driving under the influence is typically a B Misdemeanor for a first offense. That means you have been charged with a crime, not just a traffic citation. 

The maximum penalty for a B Misdemeanor is up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $1,500. There are additional consequences for your driving privileges and your car insurance. The penalties get worse if you have a prior DUI offense. 

Take this charge seriously and seek an experienced criminal defense attorney for help!

2. Can I lose my driver's license for a DUI charge?
Yes, you can. It is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for help with a DUI charge because your privilege to drive could be suspended or revoked. 

You have a limited amount of time to fight the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges in ND, so don't delay seeking out help.

3. How will my insurance be affected by a DUI charge?
Your insurance can go up with a conviction for driving under the influence because the ND department of transportation can require you to show proof of high risk insurance (an SR-22) in order to get your driving privileges reinstated. 

This can be very expensive! You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding your DUI charge in order to try to avoid this penalty.

4. How can an attorney help me with a DUI charge?
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you find successful defenses to the charge of driving under the influence in North Dakota. 

There are many ways to challenge the prosecutor in this type of charge, including discovery requests, pretrial motions, and aggressive trial strategies. You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a criminal charge, and a DUI is a serious criminal charge.

DWI - Minnesota
1. How serious is a DWI charge in Minnesota?
In Minnesota, a charge for driving while impaired is typically a misdemeanor for a first offense. That means you have been charged with a crime, not just a traffic citation. The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $1000.00. 

There are additional consequences for your driving privileges and your car insurance. Take this charge seriously and seek an experienced criminal defense attorney for help!

2. Can I lose my driver's license for a DWI charge?
Yes, you can. It is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for help with a DWI charge because your privilege to drive could be revoked. You have a limited amount of time to fight the revocation of your driving privileges in Minnesota, so don't delay seeking out help.
    
3. How will my insurance be affected by a DWI charge?
Your insurance can go up with a conviction for driving while impaired in the State of Minnesota. You can be required to show proof of high risk insurance (an SR-22) in order to get your driving privileges fully reinstated. 

This can be very expensive! You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding your DWI charge in order to try to avoid this penalty.

4. How can an attorney help me with a DWI charge?
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you find successful defenses to the charge of driving while impaired in Minnesota. There are many ways to challenge the prosecutor in this type of charge, including discovery requests, pretrial motions and aggressive trial strategies. 

You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a criminal charge, and a DWI is a serious criminal charge.

Helpful Frequently Asked Drug Charge Questions

1. How serious is my drug charge?
Any drug crime can have serious consequences for you. Depending on the specific charges against you, it is possible that your offense is a misdemeanor or a felony charge. Any drug crime can tarnish your criminal record and potentially land you a jail sentence. 

You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a drug charge because you may have options to avoid a permanent drug conviction on your record. 

2. How can an attorney help me with my drug charge?
You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a criminal charge, including any drug charge that is filed against you. An attorney can fight for you to prevent you from having a drug conviction on your record. 

Also, your attorney can fight to keep you out of jail and from having to pay heavy fines and court fees. Your future is at stake and it is always a good idea to get help from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

3. Will I have a permanent drug conviction on my record?
You are at the risk of having a drug conviction follow you for the rest of your life if you are charged with a drug crime. This type of conviction can hurt you on job applications, travelling to other nations and searching for a new apartment or home to live in.

Be careful! You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a drug charge. You may be able to find a way to avoid a permanent drug conviction on your record!

4. Aren’t some drugs now legal to possess in other states?
Even if a specific drug has been decriminalized or just plain legalized in another state, it may not help you with a criminal drug charge in your location. You may have a valid defense anyway if you have a prescription for the drug that is recognized in your location. 

You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a drug charge. 

Assault FAQs You Need to Know

1. How serious is the charge of assault?
An assault charge is very serious, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony. You don’t want to have a crime of violence on your record at any time. It could carry a jail sentence or other penalties. 

You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a criminal charge of assault to look at possible defenses. 

2. Can I go to jail for an assault charge?
An assault conviction could carry a jail sentence or even a prison sentence if there was a weapon used or if the alleged victim suffered a serious injury. You want to protect yourself from this type of charge and raise any defense possible to avoid an assault conviction. 

Also, you could be subject to a no-contact order with the alleged victim (even if that person lives with you). You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a charge of assault.

3. Will I lose any of my rights because of an assault charge?
Not only could you be facing a jail sentence for an assault charge, but you could also lose your right to vote or to carry or purchase firearmsl. Also, you could lose out on job promotions, educational opportunities and apartment / home rentals. 

You may even be prevented from entering another country. You may be subject to a no-contact order with the alleged victim. You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a criminal charge of assault to address these types of concerns.

4. How can an attorney help me with my assault charge?
Your attorney can help you find an appropriate defense for an assault charge as well as witnesses that may be needed to win at trial. Your attorney can help you navigate through the court system. 

It can be confusing to go into court on a criminal charge and you do not want to make a mistake that can affect your future. You should always consult an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding a criminal charge of assault. 


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