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Do I Need An Attorney For A DWI In Minnesota?

Derek A. Patrin

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Derek A. Patrin

Located in Champlin, MN
Meaney & Patrin, P.A.

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Answered by: Derek A. Patrin

Meaney & Patrin, P.A.
Champlin, MN
Phone: 612-351-6116
Fax: 763-703-3363

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Many people wonder after being arrested for DWI whether they need an attorney, especially in situations where they assume they are guilty of the offense anyway. Because the penalties and long-term consequences for DWI are so harsh, the decision to hire a lawyer should not be made solely based on guilt or innocence.

An experienced attorney who dedicates his practice to DWI defense can make a huge difference when it comes to reducing the effects of the DWI, while increasing the chances of finding key evidence and knowing specialized issues that can help you beat or reduce the charges against you. It's not always about proving innocence; most often a superior DWI defense attorney will try to get key evidence suppressed from the case using constitutional and procedural arguments. Your attorney should be someone who stays on the cutting edge of DWI law, which constantly changes depending on rulings from the appellate courts. Knowing which judges to avoid or aim for is also a big part of the defense strategy.

It is also extremely important to act quickly after your arrest to decide whether you will hire an attorney for your DWI offense. There are very strict deadlines within which to file challenges to your license revocation, license plate impoundment, and vehicle forfeiture if you want to have an opportunity to effect those civil penalties. You also want to ensure that all of the evidence against you is being preserved and collected, including video and audio recordings, lab test records, and witness statements (911 calls, etc.). 

As for the cost of hiring an attorney, like anything else it varies depending on the expertise of the attorney and the amount of work expected to be performed. While you may not want to hire the most expensive defense attorney in town, you certainly do not want to hire the cheapest one. I am an award-winning DWI defense attorney who handles cases throughout the State of Minnesota. Give me a call any time to discuss your case and your goals, and I am sure I will be able to assist you. 

Meaney & Patrin, The DWI Guys

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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