Driving while Intoxicated
DWI is among the most commonly charged crimes in Missouri. Of course, an individual charged with DWI isn’t automatically considered to be a bad person; it simply means that he or she may have made a bad decision.
What could happen?
Under Missouri law, the consequences of a DWI can be very severe, and DWI charges must be taken very seriously. If you’ve been charged with DWI in the state of Missouri, you need to know that there’s a lot of stake, such as your driver’s license, your job, and even your future.
When charged with DWI, you not only have the criminal charges to deal with, but also the Missouri Department of Revenue will, in most cases, start a process to suspend or revoke your driving privileges. Suspension or revocation of one’s driving privileges will take place quickly, and must be immediately addressed by a competent defense attorney to determine if the suspension or revocation can be prevented.
Penalties may include:
- Jail or prison
- Large fines
- Recoupment of money to Law Enforcement
- Costly mandatory treatment programs, such as SATOP
- Temporary or permanent loss of driving privileges
- Expensive alcohol monitoring devices, such as ignition interlock or a SCRAM device
- Other significant collateral expenses, such as SR-22 insurance
What should you do?
The most important decision you’ll need to make is your choice of attorney, because the person you select to represent can greatly impact the outcome of your case. It is crucial, therefore, that you seek the legal assistance of a competent DWI/DUI lawyer. Contact us to discuss your case today.