Aggressive, Experienced DWI Defense
Former County Prosecutor
Former City Prosecutor - South Lake Minnetonka
Lecturer on DWI Defense for Continuing Legal Education (Chairman MSCJ DWI Seminar: 2011, 2012, 2013)
Member of the National College for DUI Defense
Trained Datamaster Operator (Minnesota's new breath testing device)
Trained Intoxilyzer Operator - Trained in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
Paul B. Ahern has been practicing law since 1983 when he was admitted to the Minnesota Bar. In 1987, he was admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Mr. Ahern is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice; the Criminal Section of the Minnesota Bar Association; and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
At the begining of his career, Mr. Ahern worked as a City Prosecutor and Assistant County Attorney learning the process from the inside. Since the mid 1980s, he has worked as a defense attorney helping clients achieve the very best outcome in the criminal justice system.
A DWI in the State of Minnesota is a serious crime that requires an aggressive and knowledgeable lawyer.
Drunk driving involves the act of operating and/or driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the degree that mental and motor skills are impaired. DWI laws also apply to recreational vehicles including boats, all-terrain vehicles and the piloting of an airplane.
Many judges will place a first-time offender in jail. There are increased penalties for repeat offenders and even first-time offenders who test .20 or more or who have a child under 16 in the vehicle. There are tough, mandatory jail terms even for persons convicted on a Second DWI.
1- Does your fee include challenging the license revocation in court? That means an implied consent case started with a Petition for Judicial Review.
My Response: Yes, I will challenge it. Your license revocation can be used for purposes of higher insurance costs, motor vehicle forfeitures and increased future penalties. You have a thirty day time limit to have your lawyer challenge the revocation. It is important to act promptly in hiring a lawyer. Don't wait a month or more or until your first court date to contact an attorney.
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Communications with you, my client, is very important to me. As an experienced lawyer, I recognize that this is an especially challenginging time for you and you need to know I will be responsive. You will likely have a lot of questions and concerns throughout the process. We will have open channels for direct and responsive communications.
Mr. Ahern represents clients throughout the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, surrounding areas in Anoka County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Sherburne County, Wright County, Washington County and greater Minnesota.
Though the majority of Mr. Ahern's clients reside in the Twin Cities, his practice is statewide. He has represented clients from Hibbing to Worthington, from Marshall to Wabasha. In 1983, he worked for District Judges in Southwestern Minnesota's 5th Judicial District.
Minnesota's DWI laws can be harsh including mandatory jail sentences, mandatory treatment dictated by probation officers, fines, civil penalties, license revocations and more. Under many circumstances, the police will seize your car, your boat, your RV, or other vehicle. Get the legal help you need from only an experienced DWI lawyer. Call me immediately. The phone call is FREE and there is no commitment.