Driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses are taken very seriously in Missouri. Sometimes referred to as driving under the influence (DUI) or operating under the influence (OUI), a conviction on drunk driving charges can result in extremely serious penalties, including the loss of your driver’s license, fines and jail time. If you have multiple DWI or DUI convictions, you can face even more severe penalties. The increased insurance premiums can cost you thousands of dollars over time, and professional licenses, such as CDLs, may be in jeopardy. If you find yourself getting a in this sort of unfortunate situation, call Deputy and Mizell at 417-532-2191 for a free consultation. Our law office at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to discuss whether or not a DUI can be removed from your record.
What’s a DUI and a DWI?
DUI is driving under the influence, which means the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol. DWI is driving while intoxicated, where the driver was impaired by alcohol.
What Are the Possible Punishments for a DUI/DWI in MO?
There are several possible punishments for a DUI or DWI in MO. The punishment can depend on how many offenses you have and the severity of the offense. For example, according to the Driving Laws published by NOLO:
“If this is your first DUI/DWI offense in MO, you could be punished with up to 6 months in jail, up to $500 in fines and penalties, a 30 day license suspension, and/or require an IID.
An IID is an Ignition Interlock Device that requires you to blow into a mouthpiece before starting your vehicle.
If this is your second offence in MO, you could punished with up to 1 year in jail, up to $1000 in fines and penalties, 1 year license suspension, and/or an IID.
If this is your third offense, you could be punished with up to 4 years in jail, up to $5000 in fines and penalties, a 10 year license suspension, and/or an IID.”
Can a DUI Be Removed From My Record?
If you have received a DUI or DWI in MO, there’s a possibility it could be expunged from your record. According to the Driving Laws published by NOLO, expungement means the DUI would be erased from your public record. To get something expunged off your record, a judge must order it after you have filed a petition to the courts requesting it.
In MO, your DUI may be expunged if it’s a misdemeanor case and you were arrested or charged but not convicted. Source: https://dui.findlaw.com/dui-cases/dui-expungement-laws-by-state.html
Interested in Aggressive Defense Against Any Drunk Driving Charge?
Many people make the mistake of assuming that there is no defense for a DWI or DUI and that they might as well save the time and money necessary to fight it and just plead guilty. Nothing could be further from the truth. A number of things can be challenged in these cases, many of which can lead to a dismissal or reduction in the charges you are facing.
When you hire our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks, we closely examine every aspect of the case. We build the strongest possible defense in an effort to obtain the most favorable outcome on your behalf. We have been successful in previous cases challenging the validity of the initial traffic stop, the accuracy of field sobriety or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests and many other issues. For a free consultation, give us a call at 417-532-2191.
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