Q: I was charged with a DUI refusal in MN, 8 months later the case was dismissed. How can I get my license reinstated?
The month the case was dismissed was when they revoked my license. After talking with court administration, they stated they never sent anything to the DMV regarding my license. How can I get my license reinstated without paying the DUI fine of $680. I do not have a DUI on either my criminal record or driving record. And if I do end up paying the $680 will it admit guilt and put a DUI on my driving record?
A: Unfortunately, Minnesota has an "implied consent" law, that allows the state to administratively revoke the driver's license upon an alleged chemical test refusal (separate and in addition to the DWI-criminal law). That statute requires any legal challenge to that administrative license revocation, to be served and filed with the court within 60 days of the revocation notice. Based on the question, it seems you may not have been aware (as many are not). I do have a longer discussion of this on my website, and I'm willing to discuss on the phone. And you can call a "Driver Evaluator" at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (for free) to discuss steps to get your driver's license reinstated.
A: It sounds as if you did not challenge the implied consent revocation of your driver's license. The time frame to do that has long since expired. You now have an alcohol related driver's license revocation on your driving record. You will need to pay the reinstatement fee and meet all the other requirements set by the State of Minnesota to get back to driving lawfully.
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