W. Harvey Skees

DUI / DWI Defenses
DUI / DWI Resources

Harvey Skees defends people accused of DUI / DWI all over the state including:

Brainerd / Baxter, MN
Little Falls, MN
Breezy Point
Pequot Lakes
Little Falls
Long Prairie
St. Cloud
Park Rapids
Grand Rapids

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Whether you have one question or a hundred questions, we are available for a FREE consultation 24 hours a day/7 days a week (unless we are sleeping, eating, already on another line or in Court!) at the following:


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(701) 353-5874

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1 (855) 384-4891
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Minnesota DWI / DUI Defense Information

Fighting your Driving While Impaired charges in the Twin Cities We have compiled the following DWI information for your reference. If you have been charged with a DWI or related traffic offense in northern Minnesota (Brainerd, Walker, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Aitkin), the best way to get information specific to your situation is to take advantage of my free consultation. The following information is not meant to be legal advice, as the real key to giving legal advice is understanding the unique circumstances around your situation.

DWI in Minnesota, an overview
Minnesota's DWI and DUI law is complex. In short, it states that it is a crime to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. It defines "influence" as being over .08 percent alcohol concentration. It also states that it is a crime to refuse to submit to a chemical test. On the surface that seems straight forward, but every time a person is charged with DWI (Driving While Impaired) there are a myriad of issues that need to be considered before a court of law can find the driver guilty.

Why you were pulled over
The police do not have the right to pull you over on a hunch, or because of the appearance of your car. The new seatbelt law is just one of many legitimate reasons an officer can pull you over. However, in the interest of your constitutional rights, the police need to prove that there was good reason to initially stop you. Furthermore, even if you're stopped for a good, but relatively simple, reason (ie seatbelt, light out, etc.) there is an increasing burden on the police as they deprive you of your freedom by asking unnecessary questions and "fishing" for a reason to investigate you further.

Questionable test results
In recent DWI cases in Minnesota, all three of the testing methods (blood, urine and breath) have been successfully called into question. Evidence surrounding the driver's BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is typically the driving force in the prosecution's case against you, so if there were questionable circumstances around your test it is something that an experienced DWI attorney may be able to use in your defense.

Minnesota DWI Penalties
There is a great range of penalties for DWI in Minnesota. If you are found guilty, even as a first-time offender the penalties from the state can be as high as $1,000 and 90 days in jail. Penalties for First-Degree DWI are as high as $14,000 and up to 7 years in jail.

The degree of DWI you are charged with in Minnesota relies on any prior test refusals or DWIs, as well as any aggravating factors. There are three Aggravating factors defined by Minnesota DWI law:

If you have questions about your DWI arrest, pending charges, or appeal, contact the law offices of W. Harvey Skees.