Yes, DWIs in Wisconsin count in Minnesota

I just answered a question on LawGuru.com concerning whether two DWIs received in Wisconsin would count toward making a DWI in Minnesota the third offense. The question basically was, “would a DWI in Minnesota now after two in Wisconsin be my first offense or third offense?” I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the question, but I was. Is it a mystery that law enforcement across the country is hooked up with computers and are trading information about nearly everything?

Not only does an offense from another state count, but about a year ago the Minnesota courts decided that even if the prior offense violates Minnesota standards for advising the defendant of his or her right to a lawyer, it will be considered legal here if it was legal in the state where it happened.

So here is the answer I posted on LawGuru:

“It would be considered your third offense in ten years, and the state would seize your car – or the car you were driving at the time even if it is not
yours.

One thing I keep seeing in situations like yours is that the person with two priors always seems to be driving someone else’s car – and that’s the car that gets taken by the state. This is not the way to keep your friends, marriage or girlfriend. It really pisses people off when their car is gone for good and it’s your fault. The state doesn’t care if it’s a beater or a mercedes. It’s gone.

Be careful.”

You can view my other answers at LawGuru by following this link: http://www.lawguru.com/cgi/bbs/attyPages/kellydav.html.

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