No one intends to get behind the wheel of a car drunk, high, or otherwise intoxicated. Unfortunately, with inhibitions and better judgment masked by light-headedness and grogginess, it’s hard to make a decision.
As an experienced Missouri DWI defense attorney, I can help you fight a formal charge or defend your legal rights and protect your license if the charge demands revocation (that is, if the court wants to take your license away). I have handled many cases in and out of court, gotten tickets dismissed, and successfully helped my clients through the DWI court program.
Driving While Intoxicated: Things You Should Know
When a person is stopped or arrested for a DWI, there are two sections of state law that govern the offense:
Criminal law deals with ticketing and your driving record. If it is determined that your license should be suspended or revoked, it will be done under Missouri criminal law.
Administrative law deals with individuals who refuse to submit to blood alcohol content (BAC) testing or whose BAC was over the legal limit, in which case there is an automatic suspension or revocation of your license even if your ticket was dismissed in court.
With the advice of an experienced DWI attorney, you can determine the best way to handle your ticket and/or charge whether you pay the fine, plead guilty, fight the charge, or participate in St. Louis County DWI Court. I can help you sort through all the details so you make these decisions that will directly affect your permanent record and your driving status.
Drug & DWI Court
The state of Missouri enacted the Drug & DWI Treatment Court as a means to hold offenders accountable while giving them the help they need to understand and learn how to deal with their issues. Can its programs be completed in lieu of jail time? Just trying to dig for the answer to the reader’s inevitable question: How does this info benefit my situation/my case?
The St. Louis County Adult Drug Court is voluntarily and is only for first time, non-violent offenders with substance abuse problems. The program consists of assessments, treatment, and aftercare of the offended based on their individual needs. Requirements in the program include:
Taking accountability for your actions
Reporting to the judge in court on a regular basis
Paying court and program fees regularly
Participating in substance abuse treatment
Participating in regular drug testing
Participating in mandatory community service
Participating with other community resources as required
Making regular home visits
To determine if DWI court is the best thing for you, you should consult with an experienced DWI attorney. With expert advice, you will be able to make the most informed decisions moving forward with your case and, if applicable, your recovery.
Possible DWI Penalties in Missouri
Missouri has strict laws governing DWI charges and their penalties. These penalties are based on the situation and circumstances of each individual case and depend largely on prior offenses. For example:
First-time offenders may receive up to 6 months of jail time and a $1,000 fine
Second-time offenders may receive up to 1 year of jail time and a $2,000 fine
Third-time offenders may receive up to 4 years of jail time and a $10,000 fine
Each of these has different periods of possible license suspension from 30-60 days up to 10 years.
Even if you have prior offenses, the judge should hear your side of the story including the circumstances surrounding your arrests before making a final judgment. For this to be done, you need a DWI defense lawyer to present your case in court.
With your best interests in mind, I will always advocate for your individual needs. Call my office today and schedule a time to meet with me so we can discuss the details of your DWI and get started on your defense.
DWI DEFENSE ATTORNEY SERVING ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Were you pulled over for driving drunk or under the influence of drugs? Were you formally charged? I can help you protect your driving record and pursue the best outcome for your case. With my extensive experience in cases like yours, I know how to approach the judge and represent your best interests. Put me on your side by calling today.