As is the case with many prominent holidays, or at least those that are commonly associated with the consumption of alcohol, law enforcement agencies across the state will be adding extra DWI patrols for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety state that there were 189 DWI arrests on St. Patrick’s Day in 2016. In light of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday, the department expects those numbers to rise based on past statistics. In 2012, a year in which St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday, there were 346 DWI arrests across the state.

iStock-508211558 (2).jpgIn Minnesota, even first time DWI offenses that involve no aggravating factors create the potential for jail time, fines, probation, and loss of driving privileges. If an aggravating factor is present, such as having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.16 or more, the potential consequences and the level of the crime can be increased. Certain repeat offenders can even be faced with forfeiture of their vehicle.

Suffice to say, finding a sober ride, taxi, or public transit is a smart decision. However, if you find yourself facing DWI charges call the experienced attorneys at The Law Office of John J. Leunig immediately to insure your rights are protected.

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges of any kind, call the skilled, dedicated criminal defense lawyers at The Law Office of John J. Leunig at 952-540-6800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for a free consultation. The lawyers at The Law Office of John J. Leunig provide vigorous, intelligent and personalized representation to people accused of crimes in the State and Federal courts in Minnesota, Wisconsin and nationwide.

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