St. Charles DWI/ DUI Defense Lawyer

People who have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated can face severe penalties ranging from the loss of their driver’s license, jail time, huge fines, and increased insurance rates. In addition, an arrest for drunk-driving may lead to the loss of employment and may affect your ability to find employment for years to come. Oftentimes people who are suddenly confronted with these types of charges have never been in trouble before and may find themselves feeling scared, embarrassed and confused. If you have been arrested for DWI/DUI, it is important that you contact an experienced DWI attorney who will listen to your individual concerns and take the time to explain the process to you in a clear, straightforward manner.

Over the course of the last several years Missouri’s DWI laws have been strengthened by the legislature and DWI’s are now treated more seriously than ever before by both police officers and Courts.  The number of people charged with Driving While Intoxicated continues to increase but handling these types of cases is anything but a common matter. In fact, DWI law can be incredibly complex and nuanced.

It is important to choose an experienced DWI attorney who understands how these laws and how they will impact your individual case.

When it comes to St. Louis DWI lawyers, we pride ourselves on aggressively fighting your case and helping you keep your license. Call us today at 314-827-5295.

I’ve Been Pulled Over for DWI, What Do I Do?

If you have been pulled over for DWI it is important to know that you may have AS FEW AS 15 DAYS TO ACT IN ORDER TO SAVE YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE.  It is easy to get confused with deadlines because the tickets that you received may list a court date that is months away.  It is important to understand that their are two aspects of a DWI charge, each with separate consequences.

Part 1 of a DWI Case- The Fight for Your Driver’s License

If you have been arrested for DWI or DUI, one of your biggest questions is likely “WHAT HAPPENS TO MY DRIVER’S LICENSE?”

In Missouri, you essentially agree to submit to a breath test simply by the act of driving your car on Missouri roadways.  Under Missouri’s Implied Consent laws, if a police officer has probable cause to believe that you are intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle he can request that you submit to a test of your breath or blood.  If you refuse to take the test you will face a suspension of your driver’s license.

IF YOU REFUSE TO TAKE A BREATH TEST, your license may be revoked for up to one year if it is your first offense.  People who refuse to take the breath test are typically given a notice of suspension and a 15 day driving permit.  It is important to know that you can get a stay order extending the 15 day permit but you MUST file a Petition for Review (PFR) with the Circuit Court within 30 DAYS of your arrest.  If you are facing a suspension of your driving privileges because of your failure to submit to a breath test, contact an experienced DWI lawyer today to discuss how to keep your license.

IF YOU TOOK A BREATH TEST OR A BLOOD TEST AND FAILED (i.e. your B.A.C. registered as 0.08% or above) you will typically (but not always) receive a Notice of Suspension from the arresting officer.  This form allows you to drive for 15 days and also contains information regarding requesting a hearing and Ignition Interlock.  People often tell us that they found the information on the Form to be confusing.  In It is very important that you consult with a DWI attorney before you send this form in.  You have rights but you only have a short time to protect them. In this case, YOU ONLY HAVE 15 DAYS TO REQUEST A HEARING.  If the request for an administrative hearing is properly filed in a timely manner you will likely receive a temporary stay order allowing you to drive until the hearing can be held.

Part 2 of a DWI Case: The Criminal Charge Against You

The question that DWI Lawyers are often asked by people who have been charged with DWI or DUI is “AM I GOING TO JAIL?”

The criminal charges pending against you are totally separate from the license suspension issue.  A criminal charge of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is very serious in Missouri.  Locally, departments in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties have increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints. People who are arrested for DWI are charged with a crime that carries with it the possibility of jail time.  Even a first time DWI charge may result in jail time, 8-12 points on your license, high fines, community service, shock time, SATOP classes and more.  As with any criminal case, the facts and circumstances of your arrest will be large factor in the penalties that you are facing.

An experienced DWI attorney will be able to analyze your case and give you a realistic idea of what to expect and will be able to minimize the consequences that you are facing.  Call us today at (636) 229-4999 to arrange a free consultation to discuss you DWI charge. Our office is conveniently located in the City of St. Peters, Missouri and we offer night and weekend appointments.

Our Approach to Handling your DWI/ DUI Charge

From the moment that you meet with us in our St. Peters office, you will know that we vigorously attack DWI charges and that we take your case very seriously.  Missouri DWI Law is very nuanced and requires a great deal of knowledge in order to effectively represent people facing these charges.

During our initial consultation we gather detailed information concerning the circumstances of your arrest and begin formulating your defense.  Our clients are often surprised that they may have a defense because, on its face, their case seems hopeless.  You have rights and we believe that it is our job to protect them.

A Few Examples of Issues That We Examine:

  • Was the Stop Legal? Very common in cases involving DWI checkpoints.
  • Did the officer have probable cause to believe that you were intoxicated?
  • Were the Field Sobriety Tests performed correctly?
  • Did the police officer have proper training and certifications?
  • What were the conditions of the road?
  • Where were the tests performed?
  • Were you given properly read your Miranda rights?
  • Was the Officer qualified to use the Breath Testing Machine?
  • Was the Breath Test Machine Properly Maintained?

We make it a point of examining all of the evidence so that no stone is left unturned. We compile copies of all reports and videos that were made in conjunction with your arrest. Oftentimes even the smallest details can make the biggest difference. The important part is knowing what details to look for.  Call us today for a free consultation. 636-229-4999.