Fargo, ND- Fargo police charged a 19 year-old man for driving under the influence after he slammed into a house early Sunday morning.

The Grand Forks Herald reported that police were dispatched to a house in the 500 block of 2nd North Street around 6 a.m. Sunday morning. According to reports, the young man lost control of his vehicle and slammed into two light poles before slamming into the front porch of the home.

Fortunately, no one living in home was injured, but the crash caused about $15,000 in damage.

Police said the man was speeding prior to the collision and soon learned he was also intoxicated at the time of the crash.

The drunken driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. His passenger was not injured and was not charged in connection to the accident, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

In June of last year North Dakota lawmakers toughened the state’s DUI laws, extending the look-back period for DUI offenders, increasing some DUI charges to felonies and change the minimum penalties for a DUI conviction.

Under S.B. 1302, first offenders with a BAC of .16 or above will be charged with a felony. If convicted of an aggravated DUI, an offender will face up to two days in jail or 10 hours of community service. The law changed the look-back period for DUIs from five years to seven years.

If you have been charged with a DUI in North Dakota, you probably already realize the trouble you are in, but may not be fully aware of how those changes are going to impact you in the long run. A DUI conviction, though not considered criminal remains on your record for years to come. This will reflect poorly on a person when applying for a new job or on their college admissions.

In addition to leaving you with a permanent record, a DUI conviction will be costly. After you pay thousands of dollars on court costs, fines and fees, you will also face high-dollar insurance premiums for years to come.

You have the opportunity to fight your DUI charges, but you can do it alone, you need a DUI attorney who is well-versed in North Dakota’s laws to work on your defense. You defense team will examine the details of your arrest and challenge the evidence that will be presented against you. It is possible for an officer to make a mistake so you must have someone with legal expertise on your side.

Since the DUI laws continue to get tougher, any person charged with a DUI needs a strong defense which our outstanding DUI attorneys is able to provide. In the best case your attorney can have help you avoid a conviction. If that is not possible, when you have an attorney on your side, you have a better chance of getting your charges reduced or securing a plea bargain which will lessen your penalties.