Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of Minnesota is illegal and has serious consequences.
The DWI laws in Minnesota govern how much alcohol can be in your body while driving, what testing strategies can be used and the penalties you will face if you are caught driving while intoxicated.
The 2 Minnesota DWI laws you need to know are the Blood Alcohol Concentration limits and the Implied Consent law.
Let’s briefly break down each one:
Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits
The maximum “per se” legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in Minnesota is 0.08%. This means if you are driving a vehicle and have a 0.08% BAC, you can be convicted of a DWI.
If you have a BAC of 0.16% or higher while driving, you can be charged with an aggravated DWI and put yourself at risk for enhanced penalties.
The state of Minnesota also has a “Zero Tolerance Law” for underage drinking. If you are caught drinking and driving and you are under the age of 21, it doesn’t matter what your BAC is, you can be convicted of a DWI.
Implied Consent Law
The state of Minnesota has what is known as an “implied consent” law. Under this law you are consenting to a chemical test anytime you get behind the wheel of a vehicle. This means trying to avoid a BAC test won’t do you any good.
Because under the “implied consent” law, if you refuse to take a chemical test you can have your license revoked for a maximum of one year.
So before you decide to hop in your car and drive drunk, keep these two laws in mind. The last thing you want to do is end up in jail or without a license for an extended period of time.