Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are criminal offenses that have garnered increasing and widespread attention in recent years and Missouri now enforces harsh and unforgiving DWI laws. While DWIs occur every day to people from all walks of life, you must take them seriously as there are serious repercussions on your freedom and license if not handled correctly. Consult a DWI attorney today to know your options and limit the negative impact the DWI will have on your life.
MISSOURI DWI & DUI PENALTIES
Defendants confronted with any type of DWI or DUI allegation face serious criminal penalties. The laws are rigid and anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than 0.08% (0.04% for commercial vehicle drivers and 0.02% for underage drivers) face life-changing repercussions. The Glaesman Law Firm, LLC has extensive hands-on experience representing clients facing a variety of DWI offenses, including any of the following:
- Underage DUI
- Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID)
- First-time and multiple offense DWI
- Felony DWI
- DWI accidents
- DWI with child endangerment
- DWI resulting in injury or death
- Boating while intoxicated (BWI or BUI)
Although penalties will vary depending on the facts surrounding your case, your specific charge, and additional factors such as your prior criminal record, the repercussions you face can have a substantial and long-term impact on your life. Generally, Missouri enforces the following DWI penalties:
In Missouri, a first DWI offense is considered a Class B misdemeanor, although charges may be elevated should certain aggravating circumstance be involved. Typically, a first offense is punishable by license suspensions, points on your driving record, fines, possible jail sentences, and other consequences.
A second DWI conviction will subject you to a Class A misdemeanor and elevated criminal consequences. Penalties include lengthy license suspensions or revocations, fines, additional points added to your driving record, anywhere from two days to one year in jail.
A third DWI conviction is considered a felony offense. As such, criminal penalties are severe and can include up to 5 years in prison and a 10-year license revocation, with the opportunity to apply for a hardship license after 3 years. Each subsequent DWI conviction after the third offense will also be a felony that poses heightened penalties and increased terms of imprisonment.
Other DWI Allegations
There are a variety of circumstances that can elevate the penalties you face. DWIs in which a child is present or in which an accident is involved can pose heightened penalties. If a DWI or DUI results in the injury or death of another, life-altering penalties should make working with proven representation your first priority.
The state of Missouri has established some of the most severe DWI license repercussions in the nation. All matters relating to the suspension or revocation of your driver's license are handled during an administration process that is separate from your criminal case. Additionally, you must request an administrative hearing with the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) within 15 days of your arrest in order to have the opportunity to preserve your driving privileges.
Short-Term & Long-Term Consequences
DWI allegations of any type also pose a number of collateral repercussions. Aside from criminal penalties handed down by the court, a DWI on your criminal record can warrant unfavorable setbacks and judgment. It may place people at risk for losing their jobs, their ability to find transportation to school or work, and can be seen by those who conduct background checks, including prospective employers, landlords, and / or colleges. Higher auto insurance payments and ignition interlock devices (IIDs) also pose ongoing costs to convicted offenders and can severely threaten one's financial future. Although penalties do vary, they certainly have the potential to impact your personal well-being and future in profound ways.
HOW THE GLAESMAN LAW FIRM, LLC CAN HELP
Regardless of the DWI or DUI allegation you face, you need to be certain that the attorneys you select have the skills, experience, and determination to successfully resolve your case. At the Glaesman Law Firm, LLC, we know that clients demand personalized representation and skilled handling of all matters related to their case. As such, we provide comprehensive services that address both your criminal charges and DOR hearing to protect your license.
When preparing for both criminal and administrative proceedings, your St. Charles DWI lawyer must work closely with you to collect all the facts, conduct investigations, and determine the most viable defense strategy. We challenge breath and blood evidence, the arresting protocol of law enforcement officers, and regularly enlist the assistance of expert witnesses or testimony when necessary. We do everything in our power to secure the positive resolution you need.
CONTACT A ST. LOUIS CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER TODAY
As time allows our legal team to strengthen your case and because you only have 15 days to request a DOR hearing, acting fast and taking preemptive measures to find the help you need is vital to protecting your future. Allow us to provide you with a free case evaluation so that you can learn more about the specific charges you face and what we can do to help. We are here to answer your questions, alleviate your concerns, and provide you with the experienced representation you need. Contact the Glaesman Law Firm, LLC today.