You may already know some of the harsh consequences of getting a DWI in Minnesota. But a new study from a Utah law office found that as a Minnesota driver, you could face the strictest DWI laws in the country.

The study analyzed the laws for drunk driving in each state and the District of Columbia. Out of all 51 districts, it found that Minnesota is the toughest on people arrested for a DWI.

Study scored DWI consequences in each state

The study factored in different statistics like the amount of jail time and fines someone can face for a DWI. Each different factor contributed to a total possible score of 100. Minnesota scored 76.7, making it the highest in the study. Utah followed in second with 69.4, while neighboring South Dakota was the least strict with a score of 20.1.

Factors that contributed to Minnesota’s high score

Some of the factors that increased Minnesota’s score included extra penalties that not all states have. A first DWI can cost Minnesota drivers up to $10,000 in fines and fees. They can also face possible jail time and a suspended driver’s licenses for a DWI.

For multiple DWIs, penalties include higher fines, more possible jail time, and mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices. And four DWIs in a ten-year period can mean a felony on a driver’s record. Police can also impound cars or license plates of people with multiple DWIs.

DWI has long-lasting consequences

A DWI can cost you a lot. Not only will you have to pay multiple fines and punishments up front, but your life and job can also suffer. Losing your license or spending time in jail can affect your employment and your relationships.

If you face DWI charges in Minnesota, speak with an attorney to see if you can reduce or drop charges. With the strict penalties of a Minnesota DWI, you may not be able to afford having a conviction or arrest on your record.