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Douglas T. Kans



Minneapolis DUI | DWI Attorney

DWI Involves Both Criminal Charges as well as Civil Penalties

In the state of Minnesota, driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a more complex issue than many people realize. This is because DWI involves both criminal charges as well as civil penalties, including license revocation, vehicle forfeiture, and being assigned special license plates that make your DWI known to law enforcement and other drivers.

Additionally, the legal maze of DWI is complicated by the compressed timeline surrounding license revocations. From the date of your license revocation, you have only 10 days in which to challenge before the process becomes significantly more complex. You may also be facing penalties that include:

  • Difficulty getting your license reinstated, with a possible lengthy suspension period of up to three years
  • Financial burdens, including paying court fees as well as the costs of both inpatient and outpatient treatment
  • Insurance challenges, including higher premiums on your health insurance and difficulties changing or obtaining life and/or disability insurance
  • Restrictions on your freedom of movement, including jail time, electronic home monitoring, and difficulty traveling to foreign countries

The longer you wait the harder it becomes to construct a comprehensive and accurate defense and the likelier it becomes that you will be faced with the harshest penalties. Contact attorney Douglas Kans as soon as you are charged for a complete overview of your case and your options.

DWI Can Happen to Anyone

In nearly 20 years of handling thousands of criminal defense cases, Mr. Kans has seen DWI affect individuals across the spectrum of society. From underage individuals, to college students, to working professionals and even commercial license holders, DWI can have significant and life-changing consequences. Above and beyond the legal implications, however, a drunk driving conviction can also have personal and professional costs because of the social stigma attached to the act.

If you are a commercial license holder then your job may be in jeopardy. If you are a student and have not yet begun your career, then you may find it difficult to job-hunt with a DWI conviction on your record. Mr. Kans knows that DWI can happen to anyone. He appreciates the issues you are facing and understands how important it is for you to minimize the impact that a DWI can have on your life. The sooner you contact him, the fresher your memory of the events surrounding your DWI charge will be and the more time he will have to construct a thorough and precise defense strategy.

Mr. Kans was rated “Superb” by independent attorney review site AVVO. If you are looking for an attorney who is capable of treating his clients with compassion and respect while being forceful and persistent with the prosecution and in the courtroom, look no further than attorney Douglas Kans.