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What Happens If You Are From Another State and Get A DWI in Minnesota?

If you are a resident of another state and get a Minnesota DWI, you face a whole host of issues.  Minnesota is well-known for its 10,000 lakes which leads to an influx of out-of-state vacationers in the summers. The lakes are filled with boaters and campgrounds are heavily occupied with campers. People on vacation tend to consume  alcohol and that is why there are a high number of non-Minnesotans charged with DWIs within the state.

When you are a resident of another state and get arrested for a Minnesota DWI, you become an out-of-state defendant. Minnesota is very strict when it comes to DWI and this can be quite challenging for someone not familiar with the laws, which is why it is imperative to seek the assistance of a qualified and experienced MN DWI lawyer as soon as possible.

Reducing Inconvenience For Out-Of-State Defendants

Out-of-state defendants have more at risk than Minnesota residents. Living out of state is a significant inconvenience if you are required to come back to the state to appear in court. You can rest assured, however, that your attorney will work hard to have your appearance excused as much as possible so you do not have to continue coming back to Minnesota. Doing so repeatedly could put your job at risk and hurt you financially.

Preliminary Hearings

After an arrest, F.T. Sessoms will work to get you back to your home state as soon as possible and to keep you there. If you do have to appear in court in Minnesota, then work is done in advance to make sure the appearance is not one that is a waste of your time. In other words, the goal is to have the case dismissed or for an exceptional settlement to be reached so that you do not have to come back to court again. It may even be possible to reach a resolution without you having to be present. Your attorney may be able to appear on your behalf while you continue going about your daily routine.

Out-Of-State DWI Penalties

The penalties, if convicted, can vary depending upon the circumstances in the case. But no matter what penalty is imposed in Minnesota, a resident of another state will also face the loss of their driver’s license in their home state. Many defendants rely on their ability to drive so that they can do their jobs. This means it is imperative to be able to keep you on the road in your home state, which, in turn, means it is important for you to work with a Minnesota DWI lawyer who is experienced in dealing with the licensing authorities of other states. It is also a goal to make sure that no conviction or no jail time is involved so you can return home without it affecting your license in your home state.

Contact Minnesota DWI Lawyer F. T. Sessoms:

If you were arrested for DWI while you were on vacation, there is no question that you are upset and confused. You need an attorney to support you from start to finish. To learn more about how Minnesota DWI and DUI Lawyer F.T. Sessoms can help you, call 612-344-1505.