Drunk Driving

Feb 8, 2024
How Long Does a DWI Stay on Your Record in Missouri?

In Missouri, a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction can have lifelong consequences. This conviction remains on a person’s criminal record indefinitely, regardless of how much time passes. However, in some situations, it’s possible to get a DWI expunged, essentially erasing it from a criminal record. Expungement is a legal process where a court removes a […]

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Nov 1, 2023
Will I Go to Jail After a DUI Conviction?

After getting charged with a crime, like driving under the influence, you may fear for your future and the potential consequences you’ll face. Jail is one of the most feared punishments for crimes, but it isn’t the only one for DUI convictions. The penalties you face depend on several factors. A criminal defense attorney can […]

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Oct 6, 2023
Why You Should Retain a Lawyer for a First-Time DUI Charge

You may think that a first-time DUI charge is “no big deal,” given the number of people who are accused of DUI each year. The truth is the exact opposite. Not only is there a possible threat to your freedom, but you will also face a number of other consequences. Any time that you are […]

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Aug 3, 2023
Was your horizontal gaze nystagmus test done correctly?

Most drivers in Missouri who have been arrested for DUI have undergone a field sobriety test. One of the three components to determine field sobriety is a procedure called an HGN test. HGN is an acronym for horizontal gaze nystagmus, a test that helps determine whether someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. […]

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Jul 20, 2023
How Does An Ignition Interlock Device Work | Step by Step

One of the potential ramifications of DUI in Missouri is a court mandate to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your car. This is a tiny machine that a certified installer will place in your vehicle. It acts as a breath-testing machine. You must exhale into the ignition interlock device to start the car. […]

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Jul 20, 2023
Missouri DWI Laws: Revisions to the criminal code & DWI charges

Recently, Governor Jay Nixon signed Missouri Senate Bill 491, which is legislation aimed at revising the state’s current criminal code. While the changes outlined in the bill are not set to take effect until 2017 – unless, of course, lawmakers take additional action before then – some of the modifications are significant, particularly in the […]

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Jul 19, 2023
Can I get charged with a DUI for sitting in my car?

Numerous states have interpreted their DUI laws broadly. This means in many states you run the risk of catching a drunk driving charge just by sitting in the driver’s seat of a car. The law in Missouri does not require such a harsh result. Missouri only allows for a driving while intoxicated charge if a […]

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Feb 16, 2023
Can a DUI ruin your time in college?

Getting a DUI at any point in your life can potentially impact it for years to come. However, if you are currently in college, it can prove an even bigger problem. In fact, by some accounts, one single DUI may even ruin your college career. An end to financial support The College Investor discusses how […]

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Jan 19, 2023
What does life after jail with a DUI conviction look like?

Getting a DUI conviction can act as a life-altering force for numerous reasons, not least of all because of the potential time in jail and massive fines. However, most people do not consider the lingering consequences of a DUI conviction. These long-term consequences could haunt a person well after they finish their jail sentence. Employment […]

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Jan 5, 2023
How do you avoid a sobriety checkpoint?

People have different and valid reasons to want to avoid going through a sobriety checkpoint. But is it possible to do this in a safe and legal way? Do drivers actually have to go through these checkpoints, or can they leave? Understanding DUI checkpoints According to LifeSafer, it is possible to safely avoid a sobriety […]

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