What to Do After a DWI Arrest

If you or someone you love has been charged with DWI, knowing what to do after the arrest is critical to defending your freedom, future, and driving privileges. Missouri takes a tough stance on DWI crimes, especially serious offenses that result in felony DWI charges. As such, what you say and do can have a tremendous impact on the trajectory of your case and the penalties you face.

At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, our St. Louis defense attorneys have represented countless men and women after they were charged with all types of DWI offenses, including:

  • First time DWI
  • Multiple DWI offense
  • Underage DWI
  • DUI of drugs, including marijuana DWI

Whatever the charges you or your loved one are facing may be, we want to stress the importance of knowing what to do. Our legal team is readily available to take your call and see how we can help immediately after an arrest. We have also compiled some important tips on the steps you should take after a DWI arrest.

  • Know what’s on the line – To help you better understand the seriousness of DWI charges and why you should be focused on taking the right steps, simply consider what is at stake when you have been charged. Aside from damaging you reputation, allegations can pose severe and long-term penalties, including hefty fines and court fees, possible terms of imprisonment, community service, court ordered classes or treatment, and probation. You will likely also face a drivers’ license suspension or revocation, which can make for significant challenges in your day to day life. These penalties can increase if aggravating circumstances are involved in your case, such as felony charges, driving on a suspended license, being charged while on probation, having a prior DWI offense, and others. In addition to penalties, having a conviction on your record can potentially create limitations as you try to obtain a job or whenever someone requests this information from you.
  • Be aware of deadlines / dates – It is critically important that you are aware of all dates and deadlines in your case. This is to ensure that you attend all court appearances, as failing to appear can result in a warrant being put out for your arrest, as well as additional punishment. Additionally, you need to be aware that you only have 15 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing to challenge the suspension of your driving privileges. Failing to request a hearing will mean that your license will likely be automatically suspended. When our firm represents clients in DWI and DUI matters, we provide representation during both criminal cases and these separate administrative license hearings.
  • Know your rights – Knowing your rights, and knowing how to exercise them, is important to your case. You should know that you have the right to not speak to law enforcement about your case. You also have the right to challenge the government’s case against you, and challenge their version of what happened during your arrest. One of your most important rights is the right to have legal representation when navigating the criminal justice system.
  • Speak to a lawyer – The single most important thing you can do following a DWI arrest is to immediately contact a lawyer. Our attorneys make themselves available to help as soon as possible after a driver has been charged. When we arere on board early in a case, we can ensure that all the appropriate steps are being taken, attend court appearances on your behalf of with you, represent you during both criminal proceedings and administrative license hearings, and create a customized defense strategy that aims to secure the best resolution possible, whether through a dismissal of charges, reduction in charges or penalties, or a fight at trial.

With decades of combined experience, our DWI defense attorneys have the tools and resources to effectively fight on your behalf after a DWI arrest. Both of our firm’s attorneys, Mark Hammer and Nicole Chiravollatti, are former prosecutors, and they use their insight into the other side for the benefit of our clients’ defenses. When you place your trust in our team during these troubling times, you can be confident that highly skilled and compassionate professionals will be by your side throughout the entirety of your case.

Again, we want to stress the importance of taking immediate action and working with a proven lawyer – it can make the difference in your case. If you have questions about what you should do after a DWI arrest and how our legal team may be of assistance in your case, do not hesitate to contact us for a FREE and confidential case evaluation.

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