The titles ‘Attorney’ and ‘Lawyer’ are used synonymously and
interchangeably. It is important to note that no distinction was
made between ‘Attorney’ and ‘Lawyer’ in this content and either a
Missouri DWI Attorney or Missouri DWI Lawyer can handle your DWI case
Missouri DWI Attorneys are easily accessible and there are many to
choose from. The first and most important step you should take
before hiring any Attorney is to do your research:
- How long has this Attorney been in practice?
- Does this Attorney specialize in Missouri DWI cases?
- What is their success record in DWI cases?
- Have complaints been filed against this Attorney?
- What will this Attorney charge to handle your case?
These are all very important questions to ask before hiring a
Missouri DWI Attorney. While your Attorney will handle the case,
however, it is important that you also educate yourself on Missouri DWI
law. This will help you to make informed decisions with your
Attorney as your case proceeds.
Alcohol and Driving
Your brain and central nervous system are directly affected by
consumption of alcohol. The affects will be varied and the
intensity of your impairment will depend on the amount of alcohol you
have consumed and which part of the brain/central nervous system has
been affected. Read more...
Drugs and Driving
A Missouri DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs) is an offense
as serious as a Missouri DWI and carries the same Criminal and
Administrative penalties. Read more...
Differences between DUI and DWI
In Missouri, a difference is not recognized. The terms are
used interchangeably, but the proper term that has been accepted in
Missouri is DWI. The only difference recognized is a conviction
for excessive BAC. In Missouri, a person is guilty of a DWI if "he
operates a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged
Missouri refers to both ‘driving under the influence’ and ‘driving
while intoxicated’ as a DWI only and does not recognize DUI. A Missouri
DWI is issued when an adult driver is operating a motor vehicle with a
BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .08 or when a driver under 21 years of
age is operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .020. Read
DWI Attorney Directory
Need the services of a DWI Attorney? Find one in your area. Read more...
Because a Missouri DWI Attorney specializes in DWI cases, he or she
will know the proper steps to take and the proper pleas to make at a
hearing. For this reason, you should contact an Attorney right
away. Read more...
In fines and reinstatement fees alone, a Missouri DWI conviction may
cost you in excess of $5,000. You must also take into
consideration that you may lose your income if you are fired from your
job and that your insurance premiums will skyrocket once you file an
Missouri ‘driving under the influence’ and ‘driving while
intoxicated’ are not considered separate charges; both are referred to
as a Missouri DWI. There is also a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content)
violation that carries points and suspensions. Read more...
You may suffer in every aspect of your life if you are convicted of
a DWI offense in Missouri. You will incur Criminal and
Administrative penalties, and these penalties may affect you
personally, professionally and socially. Read more...
Reports show that the incidence of DWI’s had decreased in
2007. This is based on the most recent and accurate reports
posted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for alcohol related traffic
injuries and fatalities in 2006. Read more...
According to the Missouri DOR Driver’s Licensing Division, Implied
Consent means that “under this law, a driver (by driving),
automatically agrees to take a test to measure blood alcohol
concentration when stopped (under 21 years old), under arrest (age 21
and over), and suspected of driving under the influence.” Read more...
Reduce Missouri DWI Charges and Fines
Missouri orders all drivers convicted of a DWI to enroll in SATOP,
the Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program, before their license will
be reinstated. Depending on your BAC at the time of your arrest,
you may also be ordered into an intensive program, also. Read more...
Law enforcement offers have the right, at the time they pull you
over, to request that you submit to Field Sobriety Tests such as ‘touch
your finger to your nose’ and ‘walk in a straight line, heel to toe.’