DUI / DWI Charges

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A friend referred me to Mr. Reyes. I have my own business with over 20 vehicles registered to me. When I got my second DWI I hired David and we went through the case completely. My case was dismissed, my license was reinstated, and my vehicles never had to have Whiskey Plates. Thank you, David, for all your hard work.


As a former Assistant Hennepin County Attorney and Assistant United States Attorney, David Reyes prosecuted criminal cases for over twelve years. He is keenly aware of the intricacies of dealing with the harsh realities and stiff penalties found in all types of criminal cases. He has the knowledge and expertise clients require for dealing with DUI / DWI charges.

Whether you are arrested for the first time for a DUI/DWI or are at risk of losing your car, having a skilled DUI/DWI attorney on your side can make an enormous difference in the outcome of your case. DUI/DWI cases range in complexity depending on your past offenses, circumstances surrounding the incident, as well as a number of other factors.

DUI/DWI charges vary depending on the number of aggravating factors. Aggravating factors include:

  • Above .16 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
  • Prior DWI Conviction or License Revocation within last 10 years
  • Child in car (less than 16 years of age and greater than 36 months difference from offender)

Depending on the number of aggravating factors and past offenses, DUI charges may be misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, or felonies. Punishments, depending on your number of aggravating factors and past offenses, include:

  • Possible Prison or Jail Time
  • Costly Fines
  • Loss of Driver’s License
  • Vehicle Forfeiture
  • License Plate Impoundment
  • Court Ordered Treatment
  • Court Ordered Monitoring

DUI/DWI charges have additional repercussions including employment issues and an increase in the cost of health, life, disability and car insurance.

For underage drivers charged with DUI/DWI, an additional set of laws apply, including Vanessa’s Law and Not a Drop law. These laws prevent teens and young adults from receiving their driver’s license until they reach a certain age. These laws also include fines and possible court ordered class time.

Whether you have been charged with DUI/DWI, underage drinking, operating a recreational vehicle while intoxicated, BWI, snowmobile or ATV DWI, having an experienced DWI lawyer on your side will ensure your rights are protected.

If you have been charged with any of the above crimes, or an additional charge not found on the list, please contact the attorneys at Sabby and Reyes today. In order to avoid serious and unwanted penalties, it is extremely important to hire a knowledgeable and experienced attorney as soon as possible to ensure your case has the best possible outcome. Sabby and Reyes are dedicated and trusted attorneys who will be committed to your case.

What are the legal ramifications of a DWI/DUI?

First Offense: Misdemeanor if no aggravating factors. Potential sentence of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Second Offense within 10 years: Gross Misdemeanor. Potential sentence of 1 year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine. Potential plate impoundment and vehicle forfeiture.

Third Offense within 10 years: Gross Misdemeanor. Potential sentence of 1 year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine. Potential plate impoundment and vehicle forfeiture.

Fourth Offense with 10 years: Felony. Potential 7 year prison sentence and/or $14,000 fine. Potential plate impoundment and vehicle forfeiture.

Will I lose my driver’s license?

First Offense with no aggravating factors: 90 day revocation period; 15 day complete loss of license before eligible for a limited license; Ignition Interlock Program (I.I.P.).

First Offense with aggravating factors: 1 year revocation period; No limited license; Ignition Interlock Program (I.I.P.).

Second Offense with no aggravating factors: 1 year revocation period; Ignition Interlock Program (I.I.P.).

Second Offense with aggravating factors:  2 year revocation period; Ignition Interlock Program (I.I.P.).

Third Offense: 2 year cancellation period; no limited license; special review required in addition to reinstatement process; Ignition Interlock Program (I.I.P.),

Fourth Offense: Minimum 3 year cancellation of license; limited license with Ignition Interlock Program I.I.P.)

Can I get a work permit or a limited license after my 7 day temporary license is revoked?

You are required to take the DWI written driver’s test (chapters 7 and 8 of the driver’s manual) at any Department of Public Safety driver testing center, pay the $680 reinstatement fee, and meet with a driver evaluator at the Department of Public Safety. A limited license will not be issued until the end of your statutory waiting period. This amount of time varies depending on the number of offenses and aggravating factors involved. Please call Sabby and Reyes for more information.

How do I get my driver’s license reinstated?

You are required to apply for a new license, pay the application fee, take the DWI written driver’s test (chapters 7 and 8), and pay the $680 reinstatement fee. A license will not be issued until the end of your statutory waiting period. This amount of time varies depending on the number of offenses and aggravating factors involved. Please call Sabby and Reyes for more information.

Help and Legal Representation for DUI / DWI Charges

If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, call reputable and respected Criminal Defense and DWI attorneys for a free consultation at 952.828.9000 or 651.592.3350.  Sabby & Reyes Law Office attorneys will explain the charges against you and explore your options for defense.  They will find the best defense strategy to minimize the professional, personal, and legal impact of your criminal charge and/or investigation.  It is extremely important to hire a knowledgeable and experienced attorney as soon as possible to ensure your case has the best possible outcome.  You have rights and the lawyers at Sabby & Reyes Law Offices can help.  Their attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve and help you.  Call (952) 828-9000 or toll free at 1.877.DUI.FIRM (1.877.384.3476).  Se Habla Espanol.