DWI Attorney in Taney County
Fighting for Your Rights & Future
Every state has laws against drinking or using drugs while operating a motor vehicle and Missouri is no different. In Missouri, individuals over the age of 21 are prohibited from driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more and drivers under the legal drinking age are subjected to a “zero tolerance law.” If convicted, the penalties for a DWI can be quite harsh, so it is imperative to hire a skilled legal advocate to fight on your behalf. Do not assume that your DWI charge is an automatic conviction. At The Garrett Law Firm, we will provide the fierce legal representation you need to ensure your future is not compromised by a DWI conviction.
Contact The Garrett Law Firm at (417) 221-4113 to schedule a free case review with one of our criminal defense attorneys and get started on protecting your rights.
What are the Penalties for a DWI in Missouri?
Depending on the number of prior offenses you have on your record, the penalties you face for a DWI in Missouri can range in severity.
Here are some of the penalties you can potentially face for a DWI conviction:
- First offense: If this is your first offense, you could face up to 6 months in jail, $1,000 in penalties, and license suspension. In some cases, you might be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle at your expense.
- Second offense: If you have a prior DWI on record, the penalties you will face for a second offense will be harsher, including up to a year in jail, a $2,000 fine, mandatory ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, and a 5-year license revocation.
- Third offense: If you are convicted of a DWI for a third time, you can face up to 4 years in jail, $10,000 in fine, and a 10-year license revocation. You will also be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
Moreover, having a DWI or multiple DWIs on your record will substantially increase your car insurance rates.
How a DWI Attorney Can Help You
People are very quick to resign themselves to defeat when faced with a DWI conviction. After all, you likely blew into a breathalyzer or were otherwise tested for drugs and alcohol and, to some, this seems like solid, indisputable evidence. However, that is not necessarily the case. Police officers and the tests they perform are not infallible, so it is crucial to hire an attorney with experience in handling such cases. If you blew into a breathalyzer, it might not have been properly calibrated. Even something as benign as mouthwash or cough syrup can provide inaccurate results. Discuss all the details of your case with your attorney, so you can help build the best possible defense.
Contact Our Skilled DWI Defense Team Today!
At The Garrett Law Firm, our knowledgeable DWI defense team will fight on your behalf to protect your rights and freedom. DWIs are treated with great severity in the state of Missouri, so you should not take any chances with your defense.
Contact our law office today at (417) 221-4113 to request a free case review with one of our criminal defense attorneys.