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Minnesota Drunk Driving Law

Highlights of Minnesota's DWI Law


Updated February 09, 2014

Here are highlights from Minnesota law on driving while impaired (MN Statutes Chapter 169A). Click on the links for further explanation of the legal terms associated with drunk driving in Minnesota.

'Per Se' BAC Level: .08

Zero Tolerance BAC Level: .02

Enhanced Penalty BAC Level: .20

Implied Consent Law: Yes

License Suspension 1st Offense: 90 days

License Suspension 2nd Offense: 180 days

License Suspension 3rd Offense: 1 year

Mandatory Jail Time after 2nd offense: Yes

Mandatory Alcohol Education: No

Mandatory Assessment/Treatment: After 3rd offense

Possible Ignition Interlock: Yes

Possible Vehicle Confiscation: After 3rd offense

Hardship License while license suspended: After 15 days

Open Container Law: For driver and passenger

These are highlights of the main provisions of Minnesota law pertaining to drunk driving. Other factors can increase the penalties for drunk driving, such as if an injury or death occurred, or if a child was endangered.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Minnesota, contact an attorney in your area to determine you rights and responsibilities.

Source: MN Statutes Chapter 169A

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