Missouri License After DWI Attorney in St. Louis, MO

TIMING IS CRITICAL IN DWI DEFENSE

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you should consult with an attorney as quickly as possible. You have the right to challenge the decision to suspend or revoke your license for any alcohol-related offense. Missouri has extremely strict filing deadlines when it comes to drinking and driving violations. Failure to meet these deadlines results in the loss of your license and any rights that you have to appeal or challenge the Department of Revenue’s decision to take your driving privileges.If you are alleged to have blown over the legal limit .08%, you and your attorney only have 15 days from the date of the stop in which to initiate proceedings to keep your license. If you are accused of refusing to submit to a breath, blood, urine, or saliva test, you and your attorney have only 30 days to initiate proceedings to save you from a long-term license revocation.When you are charged with an alcohol-related offense, you actually have two separate, but extremely crucial matters to handle. There is a criminal case against you which will be charged either in the municipality you were cited (for a first-time offense) or in the Circuit Court of the county where you were pulled over. In addition to the criminal case there will also be a civil case where you are seeking to keep your license.

Quality DWI Attorney When it Matters Most

For many people, a DWI or a DUI is the most serious offense they will ever encounter. In Missouri, driving while intoxicated, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has harsh consequences – both on your driver’s license and criminal record.

The consequences of a DWI can cause you to lose your license, your job, or even your freedom. With such important things at stake, you need the highest quality representation available when dealing with a DWI.

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What Happens if You Blow Over the Limit in Missouri?

In Missouri, if you blow at or above .08% BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) you are over the limit, and your license may be suspended.  The length of the suspension and requirements to reinstate will depend on whether or not this is your first alcohol related suspension or revocation.  

Just because you blow over does NOT mean you license is automatically going to become suspended!  You (or your lawyer) will have 15 days from the date of the breath test to submit a specific type of case that will challenge the legality of the suspension.  This is a very important thing to do for two main reasons:

First - without this proceeding, your license will automatically become suspended 15 days after you blew; by requesting the hearing you have an opportunity to stop the suspension from ever taking place; and

Second - a skilled DWI defense attorney will be able to use this hearing as an opportunity to get information about the case that can help you fight not only for your license, but for your criminal record too.  In an area of the law where odd's are heavily in the prosecution's favor, this is a great opportunity to get ahead of the other side in finding weaknesses and holes in the criminal case you are most likely facing as a result of this arrest.

What Happens if You Refuse to Blow in Missouri?

A refusal to blow in Missouri will result in a 1-year revocation of your license.  However, similar to the Blow Over scenario described above, there is a case that can be filed to prevent the revocation from taking place.  

A Refusal does NOT mean you license is automatically going to become revoked!

There is a 30-day time limit from the date of the alleged refusal in which this specific court case must be filed by you or your lawyer.  

The refusal case gives unique opportunities for your lawyer to fight for your license.  Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, it is very possible to save your license from ever becoming suspended or revoked so long as things are handled properly with this case.  

To find out if your case is one where your license would likely be saved, contact our office to schedule a free consultation.