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St Charles MO DWI Attorney

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.

Our office prides ourselves on aggressively fighting your case and helping you keep your license.  Call us today at 636-229-4999.

Criminal justice attorney fighting to defend clients facing dwi charges

At The Law Office of Michael L. Boyd, LLC., our belief is that every client deserves an effective and aggressive legal defense. This philosophy is what sets us apart from other criminal defense law firms in St. Charles County Missouri. We give each case the personalized attention that it deserves, so every client will work directly with an experienced attorney from the begining of the case until the final disposition.

We also believe that honesty is the key to a positive attorney-client relationship, which is why we will always offer honest and straightforward legal advice to our clients. Our goal is to reach the best possible outcome for each and every one of our clients.

We Will Fight to Protect you Missouri Driver’s License

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.

One of the biggest concerns that people have after they have been arrested for DWI/DUI is: “What will happen to my driver’s license?”  We understand that life doesn’t stop while your charges are being resolved and that any period of license suspension can cause massive turmoil in one’s life. We understand Missouri’s laws when it comes to alcohol-related driving offenses and the impact that it can have on your Missouri driving privileges.  We know that you have questions. We have the answers. 

Seek Legal Representation From Our Award-Winning DWI Defense Law Firm

The DWI lawyers at The Law Offices of Michael Boyd have extensive experience practicing in courts throughout the St. Charles and St. Louis region. We are committed to helping people in this community by providing honest and aggressive legal representation.

We are proud to serve those who have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony DWI offenses. Call our office at 636-229-4999 today to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.

I’ve been accused of Driving While Intoxicated, What Should 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.  While it is true that you may have several months before your initial court date regarding your criminal charges, the reality is that the clock may already be ticking when it comes to saving your Missouri driving privileges.  For that reason, it is important to understand that their are two issues that most people confronted with a DWI are facing and each carries with it separate consequences.

We understand Missouri’s complicated DWI laws and the interplay between the criminal charges that you may be facing and the very real prospect of losing your ability to drive. We also have a track record of successfully defending these cases.   

CALL US OR VISIT OUR OFFICES IN ST. PETERS, MO. 

An Overview of Missouri’s DWI Laws

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? This is a very common issue 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.