Missouri DWI Penalties
What are the consequences for DWI in Kansas City?
If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Missouri, you
face stiff penalties. Law enforcement in the state takes drunk driving
seriously and will do everything possible to prevent a second occurrence
by doling out heavy punishments for first-time offenders, followed by
proportionately heavier sentences for multiple convictions. The penalties
for DWI can cause a major disruption to your life, both from the short-term
inconveniences and costs associated with jail time and fines as well as
from the embarrassment and difficulty that accompany probation and alcohol
treatment. Here is a summary of the possible sentences for DWI:
First Offense - Class B misdemeanor with up to 6 months of imprisonment
and $500 in fines. Driver's license suspension for 30 days, followed
by a 60-day restricted driving period. Two years of probation, including
strict adherence to all laws, random testing for alcohol consumption,
alcohol treatment, and education, and possible community service and installation of an
ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
- Second Offense - Class A misdemeanor with up to one year of imprisonment
and $1,000 in fines. Terms of probation will be similar as for a first
offense, but probation will not be granted until some jail time has been
served. The driver's license will be suspended for up to 1 year, depending
on how long it has been since the first occurrence.
- Third or Subsequent Offense - Felony with up to five years in prison, fines
up to $5,000, and a 10-year revocation of driver's license. Probation
will only be granted after some time behind bars and the term of probation
will last between 3 and 5 years.
Beyond the obvious challenges and difficulties posed by these penalties,
you will face the long-term disadvantage that attaches itself to people
who have a criminal record. Many companies will not hire employees who
cannot pass a background check. If you work with an aggressive
Kansas City DWI lawyer you may be able to escape a conviction or have your charges reduced.
Looking for a DWI attorney in Kansas City, Missouri?
When you meet with
Attorney Steve Schanker, he will take the time to answer all your questions about DWI and your
rights under Missouri law. He has over 25+ Years of experience representing
clients accused of drunk driving in Kansas City and he takes pride in
helping people who need legal defense. He charges reasonable rates and
accepts payment plans. Whether you want to go to trial and fight to prove
your innocence or if you prefer to control the damage by seeking a plea
bargain, he is prepared to work diligently to achieve a successful outcome
for you and your family.
Contact a Kansas City DWI attorney if you need defense against
felony DUI charges.