First Degree DWI

First Degree DWI is a felony-level offense in Minnesota. First Degree DWI defense lawyer Christopher Keyser routinely handles felony DWI charges throughout Minnesota resulting in dismissed or reduced charges. Contact us at (612) 338-5007 for a free First Degree DWI case evaluation.




A driver may face First Degree DWI charges if the driver commits a DWI within 10 years of the first of three or more qualified prior impaired driving incidents (this means the driver has at least three criminal DWI convictions in the past 10 years or has 3 or more prior alcohol-related drivers license revocations in the past 10 year – or a combination of the two). A First Degree DWI charge can also arise when a driver has previously been convicted of First Degree DWI, Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Injury, or substance-related offenses. A First Degree DWI charge carries a mandatory prison sentence of 3 years.


However, Minnesota law allows a judge to suspend the prison sentence depending on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. The maximum penalty for a First Degree DWI is 7 years in prison and/or a $14,000.00 fine, however it is rare for a person to receive a maximum sentence. Review our links to learn the differences between First Degree DWI, Second Degree DWI, Third Degree DWI, and Fourth Degree DWI.


First Degree DWI Challenges


There are several strategies a Minneapolis DWI lawyer can use to fight First Degree DWI charges. First Degree DWI defense attorneys will analyze the initial interaction between a driver and the police, in particular the reasons for stopping the driver’s vehicle. Other aspects considered for First Degree DWI challenges include the manner and method of the chemical testing, the reliability of the testing, and the observations of the police officer during any roadside interaction with the driver as well as during investigation at the police station. It is uncommon for a First Degree DWI lawyer to find zero challenges in a case. The police reports, witness statements, police officer dashboard video camera evidence, and testing reports are all scrutinized for accuracy, flaws, and inconsistencies to build a strong defense for every First Degree DWI charge.


Contact Minneapolis First Degree DWI Lawyer


A First Degree DWI charge can be stressful given the potential to serve a prison sentence. If you face First Degree DWI charges, you have options. To speak with Minneapolis First Degree DWI Defense Lawyer Christopher Keyser, call our office at 612-338-5007. We will provide a free case evaluation and discuss defense options for overcoming your First Degree DWI charges.

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