Minneapolis DUI Attorney with the Experience and Skill for Powerful Defense
Advocating for the rights of Minnesotaders charged with drunk driving since 1986
Everyone makes mistakes. An extra drink at a party. Failure to find someone sober to take the wheel. You think you can make it home. But flashing lights come up behind you and pull you over. You breathe into a machine that measures the amount of alcohol in your blood and you're arrested for drunk driving.
At Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC in Minneapollis, we have helped countless people who faced similar circumstances. We understand your fear and confusion. Let an experienced Minneapolis DUI attorney help you understand your rights, your options and the consequences of a DUI conviction. We do all we can to probe into and challenge the circumstances surrounding your arrest, including administration of a DataMaster® Breath test, the stop and more. Minnesota has tough DUI laws that we thoroughly understand.
Understanding the process of a DUI charge
The following steps are typical in a DUI case:
- Stop — You can be stopped by law enforcement if the official believes there is probable cause that you are driving under the influence (DUI) or operating while intoxicated (OWI). Under Minnesota's Implied Consent law, you must submit to the breath test or face serious consequences, including immediate loss of your license. You do not have to submit to field sobriety tests, however.
- Arrest — If your blood alcohol content (BAC) measures .08 percent or above (or lower if you are under the age of 21), you will be arrested and brought to the police station, where you are tested again and held between four and 24 hours, depending on the level of alcohol in your system. We are available in emergencies, 24 hours a day. Know that you do not have to go through this process alone.
- Booking — At the police station you are photographed and fingerprinted, and officials record certain information about you, such as your birth date and your address.
- First appearance — Soon after the arrest, you appear in court. The judge explains the charges against you and determines whether there was indeed probable cause for the arrest. If the DUI charge is a misdemeanor, you can enter a plea at the arraignment. If you plead guilty, you receive immediate sentencing.
- Preliminary hearing — If you are a repeat DUI offender, you may be charged with a felony crime. You may be able to request a preliminary hearing, which puts the prosecution in the position of having to prove to the court that a felony has been committed.
- Working it out with prosecution — A deal may be possible with prosecution to soften the sentencing. Your DUI lawyer plays a critical role in this negotiation, and having a skilled Minneapolis DUI lawyer representing you can make a significant difference in your defense and in tipping the scales toward a more successful outcome for you.
- Trial — It may be in your best interest for your case to proceed to trial. An experienced courtroom attorney can anticipate the prosecution and prepare compelling arguments that challenge police procedure, field sobriety and breath tests, and any evidence found against you.
Our goal in a DUI case is to not admit any evidence against you. Machine readings can be inaccurate, police officers can lack training and certification, and procedures can be improperly followed.
Get immediate representation from an experienced DUI attorney
You can call Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC 24 hours a day. Call us at (612) 605-6020 or use our online contact form to tell us about your situation. We are standing by, ready to take on the challenge of your DUI defense.