An Introduction to DWI Law

Every driving while intoxicated (DWI) case in Minnesota consists of two distinct but complex and significant cases: A criminal court case and an implied consent (IC), a civil court case.  It is critical that an attorney litigate not only the criminal case but also the implied consent as both cases can have separate and intertwined consequences including, but not limited to, jail time, fines, driver’s license revocation, vehicle forfeiture and forfeiture of license plates.

No two DWI arrests are identical.  Each case has its own unique set of circumstances, facts, and issues to be litigated and researched.  It is critical that all the evidence the State possesses is gathered and scrutinized.  The state must follow strict procedure when conducting a DWI arrest and investigation as you have numerous constitutional rights that must be protected. Commonly, difference between an exceptional conclusion of a case and a poor result is in the minute details that an experienced DWI attorney can expose.

One question I get a lot is “Can a DWI lawyer help me?”  The answer is…probably.  I am not going to promise you the moon here, but you should be aware that there are many options, many angles that can be used to help you if you are arrested for DWI.  Some are lowering Jail Sentences, lowering the fine, delaying the case, getting work release, there are many ways in which a DWI lawyer can hep.

Kohlmeyer Hagen, Law Office Chtd. was founded in 2008 in Mankato, Minnesota. Firm partners Jason Kohlmeyer and Thomas Hagen focus their practice the areas of Family Law and Criminal Law. The primary service areas of the firm Law include: Mankato, Rochester, Albert Lea, Fairmont, Faribault, New Ulm, Owattona, Rochester, St. James, St. Peter, Waseca and Worthington. More information about Kohlmeyer Hagen, Law Office Chtd. can be found online at

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