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DUI & DWI Lawyer in Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN

Have you been accused of a DWI or DUI? Our team of dedicated criminal attorneys are here to help. With over 30 years of experience, our attorneys handle hundreds of DWI cases every year. DWIs can be overwhelming because there are many collateral consequences and administrative penalties that come along with DWI charges. It is also important to know you only have a limited number of days to fight the revocation of your driver’s license. If you are charged with a DWI, we recommend you contact an attorney to help you determine your path forward. We are happy to explain your options and make a plan to move forward.

The attorneys at Brandt Criminal Defense are recognized in the Minnesota legal community for their DWI work. We regularly teach seminars to other lawyers relating to DWIs, publish articles regarding updates in case law, and submit chapters to the DWI deskbook, a book purchased by other attorneys to assist them in DWI work. We also have attorneys who have been recognized by Superlawyers for over a decade and who are certified through the Minnesota State Bar Association as criminal trial specialists.

Driving While Impaired (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) essentially stand for the same thing and are used interchangeably. The most common reason a person is charged with DWI is that the person is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. However, there are many other reasons a person can be charged with DWI including having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more and being under the influence of a hazardous substance that affects the nervous system or brain.

DWIs range from misdemeanors to felonies. DWI are enhanceable offenses, which means a conviction for a DWI can lead to more serious penalties if charged with another DWI in the future.


There are four degrees of DWIs. The degree depends on a number of factors. Some of them include:

  • Prior DWIs or loss of driver’s license that was related to a DWI
  • Having a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle (if the child is more than 36 months younger than the offender)
  • An alcohol reading of .16 or above
  • Refusal to take a blood, breath, or urine test

If you are feeling overwhelmed or have questions about how you should move forward, contact us. We offer free consultations to determine whether we are the right lawyer for you and are happy to help you.