If you are convicted of a Second Degree DWI, a First Degree DWI, or any level of DWI, and your licence is revoked or restricted to no alcohol usage, the State has the right to remove and keep the car you were driving at the time.

They may start the process by filing a formal complaint, depending on the circumstances. You have twenty days to respond to the complaint in that case, or the forfeiture will be final.

Otherwise, you will be notified of an administrative forfeiture, and you will have 60 days from the date of the notice to file a formal, civil lawsuit in district court to contest the forfeiture.

How a DWI Attorney Can Assist You With Your Vehicle Forfeiture

In any case, it is in your best financial interest to contact a lawyer as soon as your car is taken to see if challenging the forfeiture is in your best financial interest. Many of their clients’ vehicles have been successfully reclaimed by Adam Johnson and David Lundgren, saving them from forfeiture.


Minnesota’s DWI laws and testing method are being successfully challenged by skilled DWI lawyers today more than ever. There are legal challenges that can be made and doubts that can be raised regarding the process’s dependability and accuracy from the decision to stop your car to the completion of the testing process.

Furthermore, the statute governing blood and urine samples has been called into question by Minnesota appellate courts, and in some cases, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional.

Furthermore, the DataMaster equipment used by the state to estimate a person’s blood alcohol concentration has a measurement uncertainty that puts into question the test’s accuracy even when there are no errors in the testing process. This inaccuracy is built into the machine and has a tolerance of +/-.01, which the State considers acceptable.

Fortunately for you, the government does not have the authority to determine who is guilty or innocent. Hire lawyers who are familiar with your defense’s strengths, the State’s case’s weaknesses, and the most likely legal challenges to prevail. Call us right now to talk about your DWI case.