Impounded & Whiskey Plates

Minnesota Plate Impoundment Attorneys & Lawyers

A plate impoundment may occur following a DWI involving an aggravating factor, such as:

  • An alcohol concentration of .20 or more;

  • Having a child under age 16 present in the vehicle; or

  • Occurring while the person’s license has been cancelled for the person being inimical to public safety.

Plate impoundment applies to:

  • The vehicle used in the plate impoundment violation; and

  • Any vehicle owned, registered, or leased in the name of the violator, whether alone or jointly.

A plate impoundment order is issued by the arresting officer at the time of arrest and is effective immediately. The officer also seizes the plates and issues a temporary vehicle permit valid for seven days.

The violator is also subject to certain restrictions when selling or acquiring a vehicle during the impoundment period.

Call us today at 763.323.6555 or contact us by e-mail to schedule a free consultation. Protect your rights if your license plates have been impounded.

Whiskey (WX) Plates

The minimum term of plate impoundment is one year, during which time the violator may not drive any motor vehicle unless the vehicle displays specially coded plates and the person has been validly re-licensed to drive. Specially coded license plates, with a "WX" contained within the plate code, may be issued for a vehicle, provided that:

  • The violator has a properly licensed substitute driver;

  • A member of the violator’s household is validly licensed;

  • The violator has been validly re-licensed; or

  • The owner is not the violator and is validly licensed.

It is a crime for a driver whose plates have been impounded to attempt to evade the plate impoundment law, or for another person to enable such evasion.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you've been told you must obtain whiskey plates or that your plates will be impounded, 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 license plate impoundment firm now at 763.323.6555 to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.

Client Testimonial: "From the initial meeting to ad hoc phone calls after my case was final, Jason made me feel well taken care of. There was no question left unanswered and all were answered in a timely manner. He served as a great advocate and helped me understand the process and all its complexities. His knowledge and competency level boosted my confidence that my situation would turn out for the best. I've referred several people to Jason and will continue to do so." - Jeff B., Anoka, Minnesota

Serving Clients Statewide

Our Minnesota WX plate 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, plate impoundment lawyer.

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