Carey Law Firm, llc - DWI and Criminal Defense

Minneapolis DWI Lawyer     
 
Carey Law Firm, LLC is dedicated to the vigorous defense of clients charged with DWI and other crimes in Minnesota. As principal of the firm, Jay Carey devotes virtually 100% of his practice to DWI/criminal defense. Most of his cases occur in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the greater Twin Cities, but he represents clients throughout Minnesota. 

By focusing entirely on DWI and criminal defense, Jay has honed his advocacy skills in the complex area of criminal law.  The firm is located in downtown Minneapolis and charges affordable flat fees

Jay sincerely cares about his clients' personal and financial circumstances and tirelessly advocates on their behalf. He takes pride in his candid, straight-forward approach to interviewing prospective clients. If you can resolve your case effectively without a lawyer, he has no qualms counseling you how to do so without incurring any legal fees. Indeed, there are many DWI and criminal cases where a person does not need to retain a lawyer. You likely will not hear that from other lawyers.      

Jay Carey is well-versed in the intricacies of Minnesota's DWI laws. The interplay between escalating criminal charges and civil penalties (
license revocation, whiskey plates, and vehicle forfeiture) often require an experienced advocate to protect one's interests.  Each case has its unique characteristics, and Jay works diligently to achieve results that are in a client's best interests.  Jay personally handles all court appearances and never employs stand-in lawyers.  You can be assured that the lawyer you hire is the lawyer defending your case.   
 
Jay Carey offers all prospective clients a free, in-depth consultation by telephone and in person.  If you have been arrested for DWI or another crime, you are welcome to call anytime to discuss whether you need, and can benefit from, Jay's representation.  Jay strictly adheres to a straight-forward approach to consultations and will clearly discuss what he likely can and cannot do for you in the case.  If hiring a lawyer is unnecessary in your case, he gladly will tell you so.  If you may qualify for and would be better served by a public defender, he will tell you that too.  Prospective clients appreciate candor, not salesmanship. Jay didn't become a lawyer to sell people on legal services they don't need or can't afford.    
 
Limited Time Period to Challenge Civil Penalties

Within 30 days of arrest, everyone facing DWI charges should take advantage of a free consultation with an experienced DWI lawyer.  This short time period arises because most drivers have 30 days from the date of arrest to challenge the civil penalties of license revocation and whiskey plates, and 60 days to challenge vehicle forfeiture.  If the 30 or 60-day deadline expires, drivers ordinarily have no recourse to reverse the serious civil penalties even if the criminal DWI charges subsequently are dismissed.  Notably, drivers often are not summoned to appear in court within 30 or 60 days of arrest and, therefore, will not know how the criminal case will be resolved before the deadline expires.  Thus, it is imperative to decide within 30 days if the driver should challenge the civil penalties.  Jay Carey will gladly discuss a prospective client's options and help him or her make an informed decision within the 30 or 60-day deadline. 
 
DWI License Revocation Enhances Future Penalties
 
The decision to challenge a DWI license revocation is especially important because a DWI license revocation not only affects one's driving record and insurance rates, it will enhance a future DWI incident to more serious crime within a ten-year period.  For example, a driver charged with DWI within 10 years of a prior DWI license revocation will be charged with gross misdemeanor DWI and will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days to serve in jail or on electronic home monitoring.  Further, a third DWI incident with a 10-year period triggers a 90-day minimum sentence, and a fourth DWI incident becomes a felony offense punishable by up to seven years in prison.  Similarly, the civil penalties regarding license revocation are significantly worse when drivers have prior DWI license revocations on their record.  The driving rules calculate how many DWI license revocations a driver has in a lifetime - not just within 10 years.  Therefore, the civil license revocation matters greatly.  It is not merely an issue of losing one's driving privileges.  
 
As a DWI lawyer practicing in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the greater Twin Cities area, Jay Carey defends clients in Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Scott County, Anoka County, Carver County, Wright County, Sherburne County, and beyond.
 
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