Drunk Driving Defense Aggressively Defending Clients for Over 25 Years

Defense for Your Drunk Driving Case

Trial-Tested Advocacy for Your DUI Charges

For 25+ Years, Steve Schanker, a highly rated Kansas City DUI Lawyer by his peers (Martindale-Hubbell AV rating for excellence and ethics), has emphasized drunk driving defense as a major part of his criminal practice in Missouri and Kansas. Attorney Schanker has successfully argued to the return of driving privileges, the amendment of DWI charges to lesser offenses, and has obtained dismissals and acquittals of such charges for a number of his clients."

The threshold for alcohol impairment in Kansas and Missouri is very low. It is presumed as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08% (.04% for CDL holders; .02% for minors), but can also be established when a person refuses to take a breath test and exhibits other indicators of intoxication like bad driving, suspicious appearance, and poor performance on field sobriety tests.

A police officer will initiate two separate actions when arresting a person for DUI/DWI. First, a criminal charge is filed which carries penalties including:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Alcohol Counseling

Second, a civil suit is brought by the Department of Revenue to suspend, revoke and/or restrict driving privileges. Both matters are equally important and need to be urgently addressed.

Building a Successful DUI/DWI Defense

A successful DUI/DWI defense is based at least on a thorough review of:

  • Police reports
  • In-car audio/videos
  • Jailhouse audio/videos
  • Breathalyzer maintenance records
  • In-depth meetings with client
  • Meetings with potential witnesses

A motion to suppress evidence may work to exclude a breath test result or a confession so that the prosecutor's job becomes difficult or impossible to secure a conviction.

A DUI/DWI can cause substantial damage to a person's ability to obtain or hold a job, can put a significant strain on family relations, and increase financial burdens well into the future. Mandatory jail time, fines, and long periods of probation and license suspension are typical in the event of a conviction. It is imperative that you hire a drunk driving defense attorney with a winning record and the patience to answer all of your important questions along the way. Looking for a lawyer for a DWI case in Kansas City? Get an effective and honest defense for your DUI charge. Contact Kansas City DWI lawyer Steve Schanker now for a FREE case evaluation and consultation.

Client testimonials

Strongly Recommended. Strongly Trusted.
  • “When I spoke with Steve he was very professional and he helped me so much get through this horrific situation. He was VERY fast at responding to questions I had and kept me up to date with changes ...”

    - Michael M.
  • “Steve is the best attorney around! He got me out of a real tight pickle with a smile! He is there for his clients and works hard for the best possible outcome. Actually keeps in contact with you ...”

    - Alex C.
  • “I am so grateful for all Steve has done for me! He is such a hard worker and has gone above and beyond, he really devotes time and effort to give you the best outcome he possibly can! I am so thankful ...”

    - Ashley R.
  • “Steve was helpful right off the bat! This was my first and only DWI. Steve explained the process and was there for me through the whole situation. Even when I had questions a year later I could call ...”

    - Mike R
  • “Steve Schanker ESQ, where do I begin? Having been raised by a prominent Trial Attorney and having several other family members as attorneys, as well as having attended Law School myself, however ...”

    - John P
  • “Mr. Schanker was referred to my son by a friend as "the best there is on DWI cases" and he proved that to be true beyond a shadow of a doubt. He worked for my son and negotiated a deal that was better ...”

    - Angela W.
  • “Steve Schanker has helped my family so much and has been very reasonable in pricing as well! He has communicated every detail and has spoke to me about everything that was necessary and worked around ...”

    - Andrea C.
  • “Great Lawyer! Really communicates well with you, and explains everything in great detail. He is the only lawyer that answered at 6:30 PM at night, and spoke to me over the phone for a long time as I ...”

    - Scott P.
  • “Steve was the 3rd attorney that I had discussed my options with for my DUI and the second I met with him I knew that he was going to be the one. He thoroughly listened to me and answered every ...”

    - Zach H.
  • “Steve Schanker is a reliable, communicative, and reasonably priced attorney. He was also very understanding and nice throughout the entire process. Highly recommend.”

    - Teri S.

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  • Attorney Schanker provides aggressive, personalized representation
  • Attorney Schanker has more than 25+ Years of experience
  • Attorney Schanker is an AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer

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