DUIs (driving under the influence) is a serious driving penalty. 

New Year’s Eve is one of the holidays that lends itself to late night parties and along with it, alcohol. When you get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol, you not only risk your own life, but you risk the life of every other driver that you share the road with. 

Minnesota has strict DUI penalties. Before you get behind the wheel after a long night, consider the following consequences:

Your first DUI penalty in Minnesota could land you in jail for up to 90 days, fine you $1,000, suspend your license for up to 90 days, and an interlock ignition device may be installed in your vehicle. 

An interlock ignition device (IID) is a device similar to a breathalyzer. You will not be able to start your vehicle unless you blow into the IID below the legal limit. Additionally, DUIs go on your public record, which could make it difficult to find gainful employment later on in life.

Your second DUI in Minnesota comes with even more consequences. You could be put in jail for up to a year. Additionally, you can be fined up to $3,000 and have your license suspended for up to 180 days. Second-time offenders are required to receive an interlock ignition device on their vehicle.

3rd time DUI offenders will receive up to a year in jail and up to $3,000 in fines, but this time, a 180-day license suspension is the minimum, as opposed to the maximum. Again, an IID will be installed in your vehicle.  

4th time offenders can receive up to seven years in jail, fines up to $14,000, with a 4-year license suspension.

Don’t risk it. Be responsible this holiday season. Stay safe!

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