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Defense for DWI Charges in Kansas City

Per Missouri DWI law - R.S.Mo. 577.010, "A person commits the crime of driving while intoxicated if he operates a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged condition". If you have been caught in the net of the criminal justice system in Missouri, you need to know what penalties you could be facing, and how to go about defending against the charges against you. Kansas City DWI Lawyer Steve Schanker is prepared to review your case at once.

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 the SATOP program (substance abuse evaluation and education/treatment), obey all laws, and in some jurisdictions to perform community service hours, attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Panel, and not possess or consume alcohol subject to random testing.
  • SUSPENSION OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES: 30 day suspension of driving privileges followed by a 60 day restricted driving period. The court may also order the installation of an ignition interlock device while on probation.

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 except that probation will not be granted until at least 2 days jail time is served.
  • REVOCATION OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES: At least a one year revocation depending on the date of the prior occurrence and ignition interlock.

Third or Subsequent Offense: Felony.

  • JAIL: Up to five (5) years in prison.
  • FINE: Up to $5,000.00
  • PROBATION: At a minimum, a defendant will have to serve 10 days in jail, however months in jail are more likely to be demanded before being released on probation for 3 to 5 years.
  • REVOCATION OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES: 10 year revocation. A hardship license can only be applied for after 3 years with ignition interlock.

If you have been arrested for driving with a very high blood alcohol content, the penalties and risks can be even higher. If you act fast to hire an aggressive Kansas City DWI attorney, you may be able to avoid these penalties. It is vital that you take defensive measures now, not only to prevent the immediate consequences of a guilty conviction, but to protect your future. Many people found guilty of drunk driving will have trouble getting quality employment after a conviction. Winning a DWI case depends on the evidence, and if it can be proven that the arresting officer violated your rights with an unlawful police stop or made a mistake in the breath and blood test or field sobriety test, you may be able to have the charges dropped.

Looking for a Lawyer for DWI case in Kansas City?

Attorney Steve Schanker is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Kansas and has defended numerous clients on DWI charges over the past 20 years. He has an excellent reputation in the local courts and is proud of his winning record. When you come to his office he will take time to answer all your questions and determine what will be the best strategy for your case. He is prepared to fight your charges in court but is also capable of negotiating a fair plea bargain if you want to focus on limiting the damage and possibly avoid a conviction. Missouri DWI penalties can have a profound impact on your family and professional life and Attorney Schanker can give you the winning edge. Contact a Kansas City DWI attorney when you face charges for DWI and need an aggressive defense lawyer.

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