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    DWI Lawyer in St. Louis

    If you have been stopped and arrested upon probable cause that you were driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08, you will face two main problems (at least):

    Problem #1: You will face criminal alcohol law charges in either municipal or state court. If there is a conviction in court, the court clerk will send a copy of the conviction to the Missouri Department of Revenue Driver's License Bureau. The driver will receive points and the individual's driving privilege will either be suspended or revoked depending on the number of points that accumulate as a result of the conviction.

    Problem #2: There is an "administrative procedure" that involves an automatic license suspension or revocation (unless an appeal is filed and won through an Administrative Hearing or Trial De Novo process). So, even if you are able to solve problem #1 and obtain an acquittal, reduction of the charge, or even probation, you must deal with the administrative suspension action against yourself, or you will be automatically suspended and a mark will appear on his driving record, possibly for life.

    The time limitations for taking action in the administrative appeal process are relatively short (15 days to request an administrative hearing), so it is imperative if you or someone you know has been arrested, contact a Traffic Law Center DWI attorney as soon as possible.

    Breath Test Refusal Cases. If you have allegedly refused to submit to a chemical test when you were arrested and charged with a DWI, you once again will have two problems: (1) the criminal charges; and (2) driver's license action that can result in a revocation of your driving privilege.

    If you have been convicted with criminal charges, the court will notify the Driver's License Bureau, points will be assessed and there will be a suspension or revocation of your license depending on your driving record. 

    Further, there is an automatic Breath Test Refusal penalty, to which, if you are convicted, there will be an automatic one-year revocation of your driver's license.

    While it may seem like this  type of "your word against mine," conviction is impossible to fight, you have many rights, some of which may have been violated during your arrest.  

    You have the right to file a Petition for Review in the Circuit Court of the county of the arrest and obtain a hearing before your license can be revoked. In the interim, you may be able to obtain a Stay Order from the Court that will allow you to drive to and from work during the pendency of the review of his case. It is important that the proper paperwork be filed by your counsel immediately after the arrest or the Driver's License Bureau will move forward with action to revoke the driver's driving privilege. In these cases, time is of the essence.

    Once a Petition for Review has been filed, your attorney may be able to resolve the entire case (both the criminal charges of DWI and the Breath Test Refusal) through a negotiated plea with the Prosecuting Attorney. If there is to be a plea bargain of any sort, there will also be required Alcohol and Drug Education classes, probation, high fines and other severe sanctions, even for first-time offenders.

    The Prosecutor's motivation is not only to punish drunk driver, but also to make sure the behavior is not repeated through education, counseling, and when necessary, monitor the driver through probation and alcohol ignition interlock devices. 

    How We Can Help

    At the Traffic Law Center ® our attorneys want to help our clients through this difficult time. If you have been wronged by an arresting officer, we are highly prepared in terms of experience and legal expertise to set the record straight. If, alternatively, you acknowledge that you have made a mistake and simply wish to get through the process in the most efficient and economical manner, we understand that goal as well. Our job is not only to get our clients out of trouble, but to help them stay that way.

    Traffic Law Center DWI lawyers and DUI lawyers are licensed in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.

    If you need a St. Louis DWI lawyer or an Illinois DUI lawyer, call TLC at 314-842-5381.

    DWI Law St. Louis & Missouri Cases

    Our first goal in all DWI cases is to evaluate the case and attempt to win an acquittal in both the criminal and administrative hearings (.08 Administrative Suspension). If upon review of the case we find that the state or municipality has the upper-hand, we are always honest with our clients and will make sure that we advise them through the process in the most economical way possible.

    Not only do we want to help our clients get out of trouble, but we also want to help them stay out of trouble. In almost all DWI cases, the courts utilize various tools and programs such as probation, SATOP (Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program), ignition interlock devices, and community service programs. If a client fails to follow the orders of the court with respect to the attendance of these programs, the client may lose the result of any negotiated plea or may delay the reinstatement of his or her license. Because we have handled literally thousands of DWI cases, our staff is quite familiar with all of these programs and can give our clients quick answers to any of their questions about the aftermath of a case. 

    Traffic Law Center DWI lawyers and DUI lawyers are licensed in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.

    If you need a St. Louis DWI lawyer or an Illinois DUI lawyer, call TLC at 314-842-5381.

    For more DWI information in Missouri, visit the Missouri Department of Revenue's website here.