Vehicle Forfeiture

Minnesota Forfeiture Attorneys & Lawyers

Minnesota's DWI law allows for vehicle forfeiture in certain situations, typically the third DWI violation within a ten-year period. Although, with one or more enhancing factors, a person’s second or even first violation might qualify as well.

A vehicle is subject to forfeiture under Minnesota law if:

  • The vehicle was used in the commission of a designated offense and the driver was convicted of that offense or failed to appear at trial; or

  • The driver had an alcohol concentration of .20 or more; or

  • The vehicle was used in an incident resulting in license revocation and the driver either fails to seek administrative or judicial review of the revocation in a timely manner or the revocation is sustained upon review.

Call us today at 763.323.6555 or contact us by e-mail to schedule a free consultation. Protect your rights if your vehicle is subject to forfeiture.

Vehicles Not Owned by the Offender

Other vehicles owned by the offender, but not driven while intoxicated, are not subject to forfeiture. As protection for a vehicle owner who is not the offender, Minnesota law provides that a motor vehicle is subject to forfeiture only if its owner knew, or should have known, of the unlawful or intended use of the vehicle.

Sale or Use of the Vehicle

Following completion of forfeiture, the arresting agency may keep the vehicle for official use. However, the security interest or lease of the financial institution, if any, is protected, and the lien holder may choose to sell the vehicle at its own auction or agree to a sale by the arresting agency. A proportionate share of the proceeds, after the deduction of certain expenses, goes to the lending institution.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you're vehicle has been the subject of forfeiture, we know you have many unanswered questions. The sooner you involve an experienced defense attorney, the better able we will be to gather evidence and address other important elements of your case. Contact our Minnesota forfeiture firm now at 763.323.6555 to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.

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Serving Clients Statewide

Our Minnesota vehicle forfeiture 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.

Contact the Brown Law Offices, P.A. by e-mail or call 763.323.6555 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Minneapolis, Minnesota, forfeiture lawyer.

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