DWI Administrative Hearings in St. Louis
Although driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are crimes that subject convicted individuals to serious criminal penalties – including hefty fines and possible terms of imprisonment – many people attest that losing driving privileges is one of the most difficult consequences to deal with. At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC our St. Louis DWI lawyers make it a point not only to protect the freedoms and futures of our clients, but to also defend their driving privileges.
When you are arrested and charged with DWI or a related offense, the arresting law enforcement officer will confiscate your driver's license and issue a temporary license. This temporary license is only valid for a limited time. In Missouri, driver's facing DWI charges will have 15 days from the date of a Notice of Suspension / Revocation (which is typically the arrest date) to request an administrative hearing.
It is important to understand that administrative hearings are essential to protecting your ability to drive. If you do not request a hearing, or if you do not request a hearing within the 15 day time period, your license will be automatically suspended or revoked. Hearings can be requested by contacting the Department of Revenue. A date for a hearing will be scheduled and you will be able to present your side of the story.
What are DWI administrative hearings?
DWI administrative hearings in Missouri are an opportunity for driver's to present facts about their case and their arrest in order to protect their driving privileges. DWI cases involve two separate proceedings; one in a criminal court that concerns whether you are guilty of a criminal offense and the other with the Department of Revenue that concerns only your driver's license. These proceedings are conducted separately. You and your attorney can present and challenge any evidence relevant to your case, including arresting officers' protocol and testimony, among other elements.
Protecting your license is essential and can be achieved by taking swift action to request and prepare for an administrative hearing. Our DWI attorneys in St. Louis have handled numerous DWI cases in the past and have represented many clients during their administrative hearings. We are prepared to help local residents throughout St. Louis navigate both their criminal and administrative proceedings.
To learn more about the ways in which our legal team can guide you through each step of the DWI process, please do not delay in contacting our firm as soon as possible. Remember, strict time limits are in place and you must take proactive measures to protect your future. Complete a free case evaluation to discuss your DWI defense.