When it comes to underage drinking and driving, Minnesota has a strict policy. The state’s “Zero Tolerance Law,” or a “Not a Drop Law,” means that any presence of alcohol, or other illegal substances, while operating or being in control of a motor vehicle is illegal for individuals under 21.

DUI or DWI is a very serious offense. Not only can it result in severe punishment such as jail time and hefty fines, but the repercussions can be especially harsh if someone is injured while you were driving under the influence. In some cases, drivers are allowed to accept a plea deal rather than taking the chance of going to court and receiving a much harsher sentence. If you have been charged with DUI and you are thinking about taking a plea deal, here are some thing to consider.

Restricted use plates, often referred to as “whiskey plates,” are a not-so-uncommon sight to see on Minnesota highways and streets. The plates start with the letter “W” to indicate the alcohol-related offense. As of June 2012, there were over 16,000 whiskey plates in circulation in the state of Minnesota.

If your defense lawyer believes that certain evidence should be suppressed, then he or she may request a suppression hearing. In Minnesota this is called an Omnibus Hearing. At this hearing, the court may suppress any evidence that was gathered in violation of your rights.

If you are arrested for a DWI, you may face serious penalties that include fines, a drivers' license revocation, license plate impoundment, vehicle forfeiture and the possibility for jail time. You may be able to fight your DWI charge to avoid these penalties. Therefore, it is important to know what happens after a DWI, and what will be required of you. If you have questions about how to handle your charge, you can get the professional advice of a lawyer.

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