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DUI Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri

Prevent DUI Penalties & Punishments in Missouri

The DUI laws in Missouri have become increasingly harsh on people arrested for these offenses. In some cases, the court is required to impose mandatory jail sentences, intense alcohol treatments, hundreds of hours of community service, and more.

Missouri penalties for a first offense can include:

  • Up to six months in jail

  • Fines of up to $1,000

  • A license suspension of 30 days followed by a 60-day restricted license

  • Eight points added to your driving record

  • Possible ignition interlock device installed and maintained on your car as a condition of a restricted license

  • Alcohol and/or drug assessment and treatment program

  • Increased auto insurance premiums

In lieu of jail time, the court can impose probation which can include conditions such as only a few mandatory jail days, alcohol or substance abuse treatment, continuous monitoring of your alcohol intake along with random tests. If you fail to comply with probationary terms, you can be sent back to serve out the full term of incarceration.

DUI penalties increase with each repeat offense within five years. For example, a second offense within five years can lead to up to a year in jail, fines of up to $2,000, and a 5-year revocation of your license. A third offense within five years is charged as a felony carrying penalties of up to four years in prison, fines of up to $10,000 and a 10-year revocation of your license.

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Why You Need a St. Louis DUI Lawyer

When you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, the cards are stacked against you from the outset. You are faced with a highly-trained police officer who will administer field sobriety tests designed to make you fail and destined to be used against you later in court. As your defender, we scrutinize the officer’s reasoning for pulling you over in the first place, pick apart the field sobriety tests for mistakes they have made and review the breathalyzer machine for accuracy and proper maintenance. We will cast doubt on the state’s allegations that you were driving while intoxicated and make sure no evidence is used against you that shouldn’t be. In other words, hiring a DUI attorney reshuffles the deck and gives you a chance to win.

DUI defense is a highly technical area of law. When you are ticketed for DUI, it results in not one but two cases against you. One is an administrative case wherein the Department of Revenue will try to suspend your driver’s license. The other is the criminal case where the courts will try to punish you. You need a DUI attorney who has the extensive knowledge required to defend you in both of these areas.