Gaylord DUI Lawyer

Getting stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can upend your life instantaneously. Like many states, Minnesota punishes DUIs harshly, and those convicted may face losing their driver’s license and may even be sentenced to time behind bars. Many individuals assume a DUI arrest may result in an automatic conviction; this is not necessarily the case, and you have the right to fight the charges against you. 

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, having an aggressive legal advocate on your side is in your best interests. At Knutson + Casey, our attorneys have 30 years of experience crafting winning defense strategies and achieving justice for our clients. We understand how overwhelmed you may feel and will guide you through every step of the complex legal process while fighting aggressively for your rights and freedoms. 

How Will a Gaylord DUI Defense Attorney Help You?

The talented Gaylord DUI lawyers at Knutson + Casey understand how severely even a single DUI conviction can impact your life. We are committed to getting to know you and every detail of your case so we can build the best defense strategy possible for your case. Some of the many ways our trusted team can help you include the following:

  • Interviewing all parties involved
  • Negotiating a plea agreement that is favorable to you 
  • Conducting an independent investigation into the case against you
  • Helping formulate a plea that lessens or avoids jail time and has the most beneficial terms of probation 
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Analyzing evidence
  • Selecting the jury to ensure a fair trial
  • Analyzing and explaining potential penalties

Although facing a DUI charge can be overwhelming, it does not need to damage your life. An experienced Gaylord DUI lawyer may be able to help you fight your charges and mitigate your potential penalties so you can get your life back on track.

What Is Driving While Under the Influence in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, driving while under the influence is defined as driving or operating a motor vehicle under the following circumstances:

  • Under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another known hazardous substance. 
  • Having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher
  • Having a BAC of 0.04% or higher while operating a commercial motor vehicle

Additionally, refusing to take a breathalyzer test will result in an additional criminal charge in Minnesota due to the state’s implied consent laws. In other words, by driving on Minnesota’s roads and highways, you consent to a chemical test to determine the amount of any drugs or alcohol in your system. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the penalties for a DUI or refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test may be severe, making it essential to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. 

Will I Be Charged With a Misdemeanor or Felony DUI?

DUI can have severe ramifications beyond those of a routine traffic stop. While some Minnesota DUIs are charged as misdemeanors, several aggravating factors could increase the charge to a gross misdemeanor or even felony level. Aggravating factors include the following:

  • Having a blood alcohol concentration at or over 0.16
  • Having children in the car
  • Having previous DUI convictions on your record in the last 10 years

No matter the level of DUI charge, individuals will also face revocation or suspension of their license, and could face license plate impoundment or vehicle forfeiture.  

Possible Defenses for a DUI Charge in Minnesota

The seasoned attorneys at Knutson + Casey are adept at employing various defense strategies based on their client’s needs. We will get to know you and conduct a comprehensive investigation into your case to craft the strongest strategy possible. Some possible defenses for a DUI case include the following:

  • Improper testing
  • You were arrested unlawfully 
  • Police officer misconduct
  • Insufficient evidence
  • You were not the person driving the vehicle

When you partner with one of our esteemed attorneys, we will work with you to understand every detail of your case to determine which strategies apply to your case. Our attorneys take a tailored approach to every client so you can have peace of mind that your defense is personalized to your needs.

Partner With a First-Class Gaylord DUI Lawyer at Knutson + Casey

A DUI can carry severe long-term consequences that can significantly impact your life. Fortunately, you do not have to fight for your rights alone. At Knutson + Casey, our attorneys have dedicated their careers to protecting the rights and interests of the criminally accused. We have a proven track record of success and are committed to advocating for your freedoms. 

To learn more about how one of our seasoned Gaylord DUI attorneys can help you, schedule a free consultation by calling (507) 344-8888 or completing our contact form today.