St. Louis DUI & DWI Attorney
Protecting Your Rights, Freedom & Future
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are
criminal offenses that have garnered increasing and widespread attention
in recent years. As part of the national crackdown on those who drive
impaired, Missouri now enforces harsh and unforgiving DWI laws. While
these allegations are among the more prevalent criminal offenses, as they
affect people from all walks of life, no one facing these charges should
ever let themselves believe that a DWI is inconsequential, not important
enough to warrant the help of an attorney, or anything other than a serious crime.
If you or your loved one is facing legal recourse for a DWI or DUI charge,
then trust in our firm's St. Louis criminal defense lawyers to provide
you with the unrelenting representation you need to protect your future.
Although you may feel as though there is little you can do, our firm's
experience has allowed us to accumulate a number of defense options that
we can apply to your specific situation. Regardless of the facts involved,
we always meticulously investigate your case, establish your available
options, and commit our full efforts and resources to helping you avoid
potentially crippling consequences.
Missouri DWI & DUI Penalties
Just as with most states throughout the country, defendants confronted
with any type of DWI or DUI allegation face serious criminal penalties.
Regardless of how you felt about your impairment at the time of your arrest,
the laws are rigid, and anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
of more than 0.08% (0.04% for commercial vehicle drivers and 0.02% for
underage drivers) will be subjected to life-changing repercussions. Our
firm has amassed extensive hands-on experience representing clients facing
a variety of DWI allegations, including any of the following:
- Underage DUI
- Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID)
- First-time and multiple offense DWI
- Felony DWI
- DWI accidents
- DWI with child endangerment
- DWI resulting in injury or death
- Boating while intoxicated (BWI or BUI)
Although penalties will vary depending on the facts surrounding your case,
your specific charge, and additional factors such as your prior criminal
record, the repercussions you face can have a substantial and long-term
impact on your life. Generally, Missouri enforces the following DWI penalties:
In Missouri, a first DWI offense is considered a Class B misdemeanor,
although charges may be elevated should certain aggravating circumstance
be involved. Typically, a first offense is punishable by license suspensions,
points on your driving record, fines, possible jail sentences, and other
A second DWI conviction will subject you to a Class A misdemeanor and
elevated criminal consequences. Penalties include lengthy license suspensions
or revocations, fines, additional points added to your driving record,
anywhere from two days to one year in jail.
A third DWI conviction is considered a felony offense. As such, criminal
penalties are severe and can include up to 5 years in prison and a 10-year
license revocation, with the opportunity to apply for a hardship license
after 3 years. Each subsequent DWI conviction after the third offense
will also be a felony that poses heightened penalties and increased terms
Other DWI Allegations
There are a variety of circumstances that can elevate the penalties you
face. DWIs in which a child is present or in which an accident is involved
can pose heightened penalties. If a DWI or DUI results in the injury or
death of another, life-altering penalties should make working with proven
representation your first priority.
The state of Missouri has established some of the most severe DWI license
repercussions in the nation. All matters relating to the suspension or
revocation of your driver's license are handled during an administration
process that is separate from your criminal case. Additionally, you must
request an administrative hearing with the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR)
within 15 days of your arrest in order to have the opportunity to preserve your driving
Short-Term & Long-Term Consequences
DWI allegations of any type also pose a number of collateral repercussions.
Aside from criminal penalties handed down by the court, a DWI on your
criminal record can warrant unfavorable setbacks and judgment. It may
place people at risk for losing their jobs, their ability to find transportation
to school or work, and can be seen by those who conduct background checks,
including prospective employers, landlords, and / or colleges. Higher
auto insurance payments and ignition interlock devices (IIDs) also pose
ongoing costs to convicted offenders and can severely threaten one's
financial future. Although penalties do vary, they certainly have the
potential to impact your personal well-being and future in profound ways.
How The Hammer Law Firm, LLC Can Help
Regardless of the DWI or DUI allegation you face, you need to be certain
that the attorneys you select have the skills, experience, and determination
to successfully resolve your case. At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we know
that clients demand personalized representation and skilled handling of
all matters related to their case. As such, we provide comprehensive services
that address both your criminal charges and DOR hearing to protect your license.
When preparing for both criminal and administrative proceedings, our St.
Louis DWI lawyers work closely with you to collect all the facts, conduct
investigations, and determine the most viable defense strategy. We challenge
breath and blood evidence, the arresting protocol of law enforcement officers,
and regularly enlist the assistance of expert witnesses or testimony when
necessary. We do everything in our power to secure the positive resolution
you need, and we draw from more than 30 years of experience and
more than 10 years as former prosecutors to give you the strongest fighting chance.
Contact a St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
As time allows our legal team to strengthen your case and because you only
have 15 days to request a DOR hearing, acting fast and taking preemptive
measures to find the help you need is vital to protecting your future.
Allow our lawyers to provide you will a
free case evaluation so that you can learn more about the specific charges you face and what
our firm can do to help. We are here to answer your questions, alleviate
your concerns, and provide you with the experienced representation you need.
Contact The Hammer Law Firm, LLC today.