WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A MINNESOTA DRIVER’S LICENSE AND GET ARRESTED FOR A DWI IN ANOTHER STATE?

Minneapolis DWI Attorney F. T. Sessoms writes:

If you are a Minnesota Resident holding a Minnesota Driver’s license and you get arrested for a DWI in another state, your problem is much worse than if you had been arrested in your home state.  You now have two states to deal with:  (1) the State where you were arrested and; (2) the State of Minnesota.

People often ask me if they get arrested in another state, will they also face criminal charges in Minnesota.  Fortunately, the answer is no: you can only face criminal (i.e. DWI) charges in the State where the offense occurred.  But individuals arrested out-of-state face a second problem: The effective revocation of their license in two states.

For example:  You were arrested in Florida for DWI. Florida will revoke your privilege to drive and they will also report the revocation and/or conviction to the State of Minnesota. Minnesota will then revoke your license to drive in Minnesota for the same amount of time as the Florida revocation, even if the Florida revocation period is longer than it would have been had the offense occurred in Minnesota.

So Minnesota license holders arrested out-of-state face a “double-whammy” as they have to get their privilege to drive reinstated in the arresting State as well as their home State of Minnesota.

Contact Minneapolis DWI Attorney F. T. Sessoms:

If you or a loved one have been arrested for a Minnesota DWI, feel free to contact Minneapolis DWI Attorney, F. T. Sessoms at (612) 344-1505 for answers to all of your Minnesota DWI questions.