I’ve been charged with DWI. Do I need a lawyer?

Yes.  A conviction for DWI carries serious criminal penalties and results in a suspension of your driver’s license, in addition to greatly increased insurance premiums for many years to come.  Once a DWI conviction is placed on your Minnesota Driving Record, it can only be removed by court order.  Otherwise, it remains for the rest of your life.  Additionally, Minnesota law provides for increasingly severe penalties for repeat DWI charges, including a longer license suspension and additional criminal punishments.