Many people who are charged with DWI think that there is nothing they can do but pay the fine and plead guilty. Until you speak with a lawyer, however, you will not know what your options are. There may be valid reasons to contest the charge.
After I review your case, I will carefully explain your options and the penalties you are facing. As an experienced defense attorney, I can assess your case and determine whether we can fight the criminal charges. In addition, I will represent you at the driver's license suspension hearing and protect your license. Please contact me at The Law Office of Michael L. Roberts, LLC, for a free consultation with a Joplin DWI defense attorney.
Examining police procedure, including Breathalyzer tests and field sobriety tests, is a critical part of DWI defense. I was a police officer for 16 years so I know exactly how these tests should be given and when you should be advised of your rights.
A first offense for DWI is a class B misdemeanor in Missouri. The penalties for a first DWI conviction may include:
- Up to six months in jail
- Fines up to $500, not including court costs
- Substance abuse classes
- Driver's license suspension
It is important to contest a DWI charge in case you are ever charged with another DWI-related offense. The penalties for subsequent offenses are much harsher and typically include the installation of an ignition interlock device on the driver's vehicle. A third DWI-related arrest can be charged as a felony if you have two prior DWI convictions.
You have just 15 days from the arrest to request a license hearing with the Missouri Department of Revenue. If you miss this deadline, you may not be able to appeal the suspension/revocation if you have prior DWI-related offenses. At the hearing, I will contest the license suspension and try to restore your driving privileges. If the suspension is upheld, I can help you apply for a hardship license after 30 days.
Contact A Neosho DUI Defense Attorney
To schedule a free consultation, please call (417) 624-0700 or contact me online.