Snowmobiling While Intoxicated

Minnesota SWI Attorneys & Lawyers

Driving a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol is illegal in Minnesota. Operators who appear impaired to law enforcement are required to submit to tests to determine whether their blood alcohol content exceeds .08. It is a crime to refuse to submit to blood alcohol testing, and snowmobiling privileges will be suspended for one year if the operator declines to test.

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Licensure Issues

SWI convictions and refusals are recorded on the violator’s driver’s license record and affect their driver’s license privileges, but only if they have been previously convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense. A snowmobile operator who is found to be excessively intoxicated can be charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony.

Penalties for SWI

Operators convicted of a misdemeanor are subject to up to a $1000 fine, 90 days in jail and and loss of snowmobile operating privileges for up to one year.

Gross misdemeanor penalties are applicable if the snowmobile operator has a prior DWI violation, a blood alcohol concentration of .20 or more, or has a child under 16 years of age with them on the snowmobile. Such penalties include up to a $3,000 fine, mandatory minimum jail time (with a maximum sentence of one year), the requirement to submit to a chemical use assessment and long-term monitoring programs, loss of motor vehicle driver’s license privileges, motor vehicle plate impoundment and forfeiture of the snowmobile.

If the snowmobile operator has three or more DWI convictions or revocations in the last 10 years, or has a prior felony DWI conviction, they maybe sentenced to up to seven years in prison and be ordered to pay a fine up to $14,000.

Snowmobiling While Intoxicated

Part of the Minnesota snowmobile culture is frequent stops at the bars and restaurants along the trails. Drivers are free to drink, so long as their blood alcohol content remains below .08. The Minnesota DNR takes snowmobiling while intoxicated very seriously, as the result of over 500 serious injuries (and 50 deaths) occurring on snowmobiles over the last three years. 

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If you face SWI charges, we know you have many questions. The sooner you involve a qualified defense attorney, the better able we will be to gather evidence and address other important elements of your SWI case. Contact our Minnesota SWI defense firm now at 763.323.6555 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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Serving Clients Statewide

Our Minnesota SWI defense lawyers represent clients throughout Minnesota, including the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Apple Valley, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Roseville and Woodbury.

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