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Kansas City DUI Penalties

Kansas & Missouri DWI Penalties

The penalties you could face for DUI/DWI will differ depending on whether your case is in Kansas or Missouri, however both impose some of the nation's toughest consequences for a conviction. Some factors affecting the severity of the punishment include how many prior DWI convictions are on your record, your blood alcohol content, and whether you had a DUI involving an accident. In light of the potential consequences, having a Kansas City DUI attorney fighting for your rights is vital. The following is a summary of the potential penalties for DUI/DWI in Kansas and Missouri, respectively:

KANSAS

1st Conviction

  • Misdemeanor, Class B
  • Jail sentence of 48 hours to 6 months, $750 to $1,000.00 fine
  • Must serve at least 48 hours of the sentence
  • Suspends driver's license for 30 days to one year, followed by ignition interlock
  • Mandatory alcohol evaluation and counseling/treatment

2nd Conviction

  • Misdemeanor, Class A
  • Jail sentence of 90 days to one year, $1,250.00 to $1,750.00 fine
  • Must serve at least five days of the sentence
  • Suspends driver's license for one year, followed by ignition interlock
  • Mandatory alcohol evaluation and counseling/treatment

3rd Conviction

  • Misdemeanor, Class A (unless prior conviction was within the last 10 years, then felony)
  • Jail sentence of 90 days to one year, $1,750.00 to $2,500.00 fine.
  • Must serve at least 10 days of the sentence
  • Suspends driver's license for one year, followed by ignition interlock
  • Mandatory alcohol evaluation and counseling/treatment

4th or Subsequent Conviction

  • Felony, Non-person (prior conviction from 2001 to present)
  • Jail sentence of 90 days to one year, $1,750.00 to $2,500.00
  • Must serve 90 days of the sentence
  • Suspends driver's license for one year, followed by ignition interlock
  • Mandatory alcohol evaluation and counseling/treatment

MISSOURI

First Offense - Class B Misdemeanor

  • JAIL: Up to a maximum of 6 months imprisonment
  • FINE: Up to $500.00
  • PROBATION: Two years with conditions to complete a substance abuse evaluation and education/treatment, community service hours and/or random testing for alcohol.
  • SUSPENSION OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES: 30 day suspension of driving privileges followed by a 60 day restricted driving period.

Second Offense - Class A Misdemeanor

  • JAIL: Up to a maximum of one year imprisonment
  • FINE: Up to $1,000.00
  • PROBATION: Two years with similar conditions as above.
  • REVOCATION OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES: At least a one year revocation depending on the date of the prior occurrence.

Third or Subsequent Offense - Felony

  • JAIL: Up to five (5) years in prison.
  • FINE: Up to $5,000.00
  • PROBATION: 3 to 5 years with the Missouri Department of Corrections with similar conditions as above.
  • REVOCATION OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES: 10 year revocation.

Reinstatement of driving privileges and/or the court may require the installation of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you own or operate.

Looking for a DWI lawyer in Kansas City?

Attorney Steve Schanker has an impressive success rate in helping his clients avoid the harsh consequences of a DUI conviction and will immediately move into action to fight your charges. He finds viable defense solutions to even the toughest cases. He may be able to arrange alternatives to the standard heavy sentencing and other penalties, and has the aggressive approach to defending cases that can lead to an acquittal in court. Contact a Kansas City DUI lawyer to defend you against drunk driving charges.

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