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As you are all aware, we are currently facing unique challenges due to the Coronavirus. While this is a serious crisis, it is important to keep it in perspective, and not allow it to prevent us from going about our business. We want to assure all of our clients that this office is prepared to serve your needs, regardless of what happens and how the virus affects Minnesota. In an effort to keep the office safe, we have stepped up prevention and sanitation measures in hopes to prevent disease transmission.

Because we are a paperless office, our entire staff is prepared to work from home if necessary. No matter what happens, we will continue to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services.  So far, not one client or staff member has become infected based on contact at this office and we will continue with safety protocols in an attempt to keep it that way. My office will continue to put the safety of our staff and you as our top priority. We do greatly appreciate your cooperation in conducting business in a safe fashion by utilizing current technology. Regardless of what happens, we will continue to take care of all of your legal needs.

Please rest assured, we will continue to take care of your legal needs in this challenging time, and your safety is our highest priority.

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Can I get charged with a DWI on a snowmobile?

| Oct 28, 2019 | Uncategorized

Snowmobiling is a popular recreational activity and method of transportation in the winter time, and there’s no better place for it than northern Minnesota. Whether you’re traversing the trails or circling the lake, it can be a great way to socialize and take advantage of the abundance of snow. But you should be careful if you plan on pairing alcohol with your snowmobiling adventures.

Under Minnesota law, it’s illegal to operate any vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and this includes snowmobiles. If your alcohol concentration (AC) level is .08 or higher, you are above the legal limit and can be arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Penalties of a DWI charge

Penalties for operating your snowmobile while intoxicated will vary depending on how high your AC is and how many past offenses you may have. Here are some consequences you can face if you receive a DWI on a snowmobile:

  • License revocation
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Jail time
  • Costly fines
  • Interlock ignition programs

Receiving a DWI on your snowmobile won’t just affect your right to operate recreational vehicles. A DWI charge on a snowmobile or other off-road vehicle can affect your personal vehicle driving privileges as well.

Plan a safe outing

Operating a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol can hinder your decision-making skills and slow your reaction time, making it dangerous for you and other snowmobilers. The safest way to avoid receiving a DWI is to avoid the alcohol altogether or save it for after your outing is over. If you can’t wait, assume the role of passenger rather than driver.

Getting charged with a DWI while on a snowmobile can ruin any future enjoyment of the remaining winter months. It can also be confusing and overwhelming. A criminal defense attorney may be able to answer your questions and fight for your case.