The Hidden Costs of a Minnesota DUI

It’s not hard to imagine that when you get a DUI in Minnesota, you pay your fines, serve your time, and then move on from the incident. However, driving under the influence in Minnesota is a crime that isn’t that simple.

There are many hidden costs for a DUI, also referred to as a DWI, in Minnesota. These hidden penalties are usually associated with a DUI charge. DUI charges include jail time, probation, fines, loss of driving privileges, community service, and restitution.

Understanding these hidden costs is essential to fully grasp the gravity of what it means to get a DWI in Minnesota.

Impact on Pay

When you get a DWI, it can impact your bottom line. Not only because of the fines and court costs but also because it can affect the time you have to earn money. Many individuals struggle with working enough hours between all the meetings and evaluations required to attend, not to mention the time they might have to spend in jail. Sometimes, you can also lose your job due to your DWI.

Increased Rates for Car Insurance

When you get a DWI, your car insurance company will notice. It’s not uncommon for annual rates after a DWI to double, another factor associated with a DWI that costs you even more.

Ignition Interlock Devices

Some people need to have an ignition interlock device installed on their car. This device requires you to breathe into it before starting the vehicle and periodically to keep it in motion

to ensure you are not drinking alcohol. However, these devices are not free. You will likely need to have it installed and then pay monthly fees for its operation.


The court may require you to have a drug and alcohol assessment done, then follow through with any treatment recommended. Your employer relationship can suffer, especially if they need you to complete additional rehab stints. Additionally, you may miss work to attend your classes.

Damage to Reputations

Getting a DWI will mean that people make certain assumptions about you, which can damage your professional reputation. It’s also not unheard of for the state to revoke professional licenses for doctors, attorneys, commercial truck drivers, and nurses. You may also notice job promotions and other opportunities slip through your fingers.

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Loss of a Vehicle

For anyone with multiple DWI convictions in Minnesota, their car – or whatever car they are driving – can be forfeited. That means the state can seize your property, which you will lose. Another significant loss for many people is that they may not know about before it happens.

After a DWI conviction, it may seem like the hits just keep coming. You need to ensure that your rights are protected. The state can try to take much more than is required for your case. That’s why it’s vital to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side to help guide you through and ensure that your best interests are known.


About the Author:

Andrew T. Poole is a Minnesota native who has served in the Army for more than 18 years and is currently a JAG lawyer in the Army Reserves in addition to serving as a partner at LaCourse, Poole & Envall. He has handled thousands of criminal and family law cases over the course of his career and has a firm belief that all hardworking Minnesotans should be entitled to the best possible legal counsel. Mr. Poole boasts a 10/10 Superb rating on Avvo, is Lead Counsel rated, and has been recognized multiple times by SuperLawyers, National Trial Lawyers, and others for his work.