ARRESTED FOR DWI IN ST. LOUIS? YOU ONLY HAVE 15 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF YOUR ARREST TO STOP THE SUSPENSION OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE
DWI charges can have a lasting impact on your life and your future. Without an experienced DWI lawyer on your team, these charges can leave you struggling with a financial burden, criminal record, employment challenges, hurt relationships, and even possible jail time. Regardless if this is your first offense or if you have been charged with DWI in the past, you need a St. Louis DWI Attorney in your corner to help fight for your rights.
If you have been charged in St. Louis with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or any other criminal charge, Attorney W. Scott Rose is here to help protect your future. With more than 20 years of experience practicing law, and a practice that is limited to DWI and Criminal Defense, we will be able to give you the best possible chance at a favorable outcome in your case. Schedule a free consultation today to start working on your case.
What happens if I get charged with DWI in Missouri?
Drunk driving is a serious offense and the laws in Missouri are understandably strict in order to protect people on the roads. If an officer pulls you over for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, they will then likely issue a breathalyzer. Since Missouri has an “implied consent” law, if you choose not to take the breathalyzer, you will be issued a refusal, which has its own set of penalties.
If you take the breathalyzer test that the law enforcement officer issues and you produce a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit, which is .08%, you will be charged with a DWI (you can even be charged if your BAC is less than .08%, if your driving is impaired by alcohol). After being charged with a DWI in St. Louis, you only have 15 days before your license is automatically suspended, so you need to act FAST.
If you are convicted of DWI, the penalties will depend on whether this was your first DWI offense. Possible penalties include:
- 1st DWI – Jail time up to 6 months, fines up to $1,000, 90-day license suspension
- 2nd DWI – Jail time up to one year, fines up to $2,000, possible ignition interlock device requirement, mandatory community service
- 3rd (or subsequent) DWI – Class E felony, jail time up to 4 years, fines up to $10,000, 10 -year license suspension, possible ignition interlock device requirement, mandatory community service, a mandatory minimum of at least 30 days in jail.
It is important that you immediately hire a DWI attorney