The Minnesota criminal defense attorneys of Newmark Storms have experience handling criminal vehicular operation cases. A driver is charged with Criminal Vehicular Operation when the driver is intoxicated and seriously injuries someone.
When a driver who is under the influence causes an accident resulting in the serious injury of one or more individuals, the state prosecutor will most likely charge the driver with Criminal Vehicular Operation. In Minnesota, 10 separate acts can result in being charged with criminal vehicular operation. The penalties range from gross misdemeanor to felony, determined by the extent of injury caused by the driver’s conduct.
Minnesota has four penalty levels for criminal vehicular operation:
A person can be charged with criminal vehicular operation even if the only person injured is in the offender’s vehicle. In addition to lengthy jail sentences, fines, and restitution, a conviction for criminal vehicular operation can carry up to a 10-year loss of driving privileges.