If I got a DWI, Does That Mean I'm a Criminal?
In Missouri, DWI charges are a criminal offense. That means they are prosecuted in court, and if found guilty fines, court costs, probation, and jail time are all possible consequences of the DWI charge.
First or Second time offenses are charged either as Misdemeanors or Municipal Infractions. Third and subsequent offenses are charged as Felonies.
Most likely I will be able to determine what your DWI is being charged (infraction, misdemeanor, or felony) during our initial consultation. Most often a first-time offense is charged in Municipal Court as an infraction. In Municipal Court a DWI infraction carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail. Although those are the MAXIMUM punishments, they are rarely imposed, and often times a 1'st offense will result in probation. In some cases it is possible to get a DWI charge reduced to a simple traffic ticket, or even dismissed. This scenario is possible because of my years of experience in defending DWI offenses, and my ability to effectively negotiate with prosecutors throughout the St. Louis area.
DWI Experience and Expertise
I have fought and won several DWI cases in throughout the Saint Louis area. During a DWI investigation, police will cut corners, take shortcuts, and make mistakes. Your DUI lawyer should not! I provide my clients with an incredibly thorough DWI defense that often times leads to helpful evidence – the type of evidence that gets a DWI reduced to a non-alcohol violation, or even thrown out and dismissed.
Make no mistake about it: a DWI is a serious charge that could result in the loss of your driver's license, a criminal record, or even a jail or prison sentence. Make sure you hire a serious DWI lawyer to give you the best chance in your case.