Anoka County DWI Lawyer
Anoka County is a very large geographical area, which includes the cities of ANDOVER, ANOKA, Bethel, BLAINE, Cedar, Centerville, CIRCLE PINES, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Columbus, Constance, Coon Lake Beach, COON RAPIDS, Coopers Corner, EAST BETHEL, FRIDLEY, HAM LAKE, Hilltop, Johnsville, Lake Netta, LEXINGTON, LINO LAKES, Linwood, Martin Lake, Mort, Northdale, Nowthen, OAK GROVE, Oak Park, RAMSEY, ST. FRANCIS, Soderville, SPRING LAKE PARK, Thompson Heights, and Thompson Riverview Terrace. There are many different prosecutors who represent the State on misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor DWI cases in these municipalities. Each prosecuting office has their own policies when it comes to offering plea bargains and spending resources on prosecuting DWI matters to their fullest extent.
Derek A. Patrin handles all Anoka County matters for our office since he lives in Anoka County. Our office always has at least 15-20 DWI matters pending in Anoka County, so Derek is in court in Anoka almost every week. Because of our large presence in Anoka County, all of the judges are familiar with our office, which helps Derek obtain better results for his clients in Anoka than many other defense attorneys.
Anoka County has a reputation of being very tough on DWI defendants, so people facing DWI charges in this county need every edge they can get to achieve the best possible result. Getting in front of the right judge can make the difference between a lengthy jail sentence or house arrest. It can also make the difference between winning and losing a close contested issue.
More than other counties, Anoka County likes to sentence DWI defendants to complete certain “pet programs” for alcohol education and treatment. First time offenders are usually ordered to complete a MADD Victim Impact Panel and complete the “Anoka 2-Day Program.” Information about the MADD Victim Impact Panels can be found at MADDMn.org. The 2-Day Program requires a person to attend 8 hours of lecturing and videos, then stay overnight in a secure dorm-like facility and attend another 8 hours of lectures and videos on the second day. In the past it was next to impossible to avoid attending this program, but our clients routinely avoid the program since we carefully select judges and advise our clients to obtain private alcohol assessments before settling their cases. Avoiding the 2-Day Program is very difficult without having a seasoned Anoka County veteran defense attorney on your side.
For DWI defendants facing mandatory jail penalties, some Anoka County judges are willing to consider allowing some of the jail sentence to be served under house arrest with work release. However, most of them want to hear a “good” reason to justify house arrest over work release in custody. Again, an experienced DWI attorney who handles many cases in Anoka County is your best bet to get a house arrest sentence instead of in-custody work release.