Getting charged with a DWI/DUI (DUI – Driving Under the Influence, DWI – Driving While Intoxicated) can have a serious impact on your life — both personally and professionally — whether or not you are ultimately convicted. From the moment you are arrested, a series of events goes into motion with time-sensitive consequences. At the same time that you are trying to make sure you stay on top of these requirements, you will need to navigate the social and professional consequences of the situation. One of the first things you should do following an arrest is contacting an attorney who can help you through this process and ensure that you meet each important deadline following your arrest.
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The team at Kirsch & Kirsch, LLC has years of experience and a history of success representing clients for DUI charges, and we will be happy to do the same for you. Contact us as soon as possible for a free initial consultation with our DWI lawyers to discuss the specifics of your Missouri arrest, the circumstances surrounding it, and any other relevant details that can help us get a better understanding of your upcoming criminal case. Any additional traffic citations or motor vehicle-related issues may complicate your case under Missouri law. They can add to additional criminal charges, and we will need to work closely to develop a strategy together.
At the same time that we are interpreting your charges under the law, we will be able to put your mind at ease by explaining our process a bit better and give you an idea of how we will help you through this case and work towards the best possible outcome. Remember that a charge does not equal a conviction, and even in the most cut and dry of law cases, we may be able to work towards an alternative dispensation from the courts. A Missouri criminal DWI lawyer can help you navigate these complicated steps towards the best possible outcome after being charged with driving under the influence.
The Importance Of Working With a DUI Attorney
When you show up in court for your arraignment after a DUI/DWI arrest, you will be facing the Missouri law system that has been designed to move people to a conviction as quickly as possible. The prosecutors who will be handling your case will be almost solely focused on a “win,” which, for them, is your case ending in a guilty finding. Missouri law is complicated, and DWI law can feel impossible to make sense of after being charged with drunk driving. We are here to help.
The legal complexities of Missouri DUI charges can quickly overwhelm a defendant, and many people, unfortunately, plead guilty at their arraignment when the prosecution offers a “reduced sentence” without a drawn-out court battle. This is a significant decision to make and one that you should not make without the support of an experienced DWI/DUI attorney who builds a comprehensive criminal defense on your behalf. While alternative sentencing can be a great way to expedite the criminal process — or avoid worse criminal charges ending up on your record — the reality is that you will want to work with a Missouri attorney who understands the long-term impacts of this decision before agreeing to anything. The prosecution is looking for a conviction, and you deserve to partner with a DWI attorney who can help you understand the law.
Stay On Top Of Deadlines
One of the first things that you will need to know is that the moment you are arrested triggers an automatic driver’s license suspension through the Missouri Department of Revenue which does not take into account whether or not your charges are ultimately dropped, or even if you are found to be not guilty. At your arrest, the police will take your license and issue you a 15-day temporary driver’s license in its place. At the end of these 15 days, your license will be suspended by the Department of Revenue unless you request and complete an Administrative Review with the Department – which you will need to order.
This Administrative Review is not the place to ask for forgiveness or alternative solutions – the reviewer does not care about your medical needs, education, or work-related requirements for transportation. Your best bet is to have your attorney handle this process so that you can continue to drive while your case is open in court. If you fail to go through this hearing within 15 days, your license will be suspended.
This is one of many details that you will need to stay on top of to ensure that the duration of your case is as smooth as possible. Unfortunately, without the help of an experienced and dedicated DWI/DUI attorney in Jefferson City, these details can quickly overwhelm you and continue to complicate your experience.
Get Advice Every Step Of The Way
As you go further into your case, the complexities will continue to mount until it feels entirely overwhelming. Fortunately for you, there is a DWI attorney in Jefferson City who is keeping a close eye on your situation and providing you with criminal defense and legal advice with each new detail that arises. On your own, it can feel like there is no hope for a reasonable outcome, reduced sentence, dismissal, or alternative penalty; however, with your attorney communicating their strategy with you, it can be easy to stay positive through the process and focus instead on the things that you can control.
Simply knowing that there is someone that you can call and get answers to your questions is an excellent source of stress relief through this stressful process. The defense attorneys at Kirsch & Kirsch, LLC will help you understand the specifics of your situation and will be happy to explain the answers in as much detail as you need.
Identify Alternative Outcomes
Prosecutors prey on the uncertainty and confusion that overwhelms defendants who are either representing themselves or working with inexperienced legal representation. When it seems that there is nowhere left to turn, these defendants are likely to accept their charges and plead guilty, which is a “win” for the prosecution that they otherwise may not have gotten. While it is true that DUI charges are serious, it is also true that there are many different ways to reach a resolution that your attorney will be able to explain to you in great detail.
Many first DWI cases can result in up to six months of jail time, $1,000 in fines, and a 90-day license suspension. From there, the penalties go up. However, the state of Missouri does allow courts to make plea bargains or even dismiss charges, so working with your lawyer early will help you both understand the layout of your case and start to build a roadmap towards the best-case scenario. You deserve to partner with a Missouri criminal defense lawyer who is determined to protect your rights. In many instances, a first DUI/DWI may be dismissed or reduced in exchange for outpatient treatment and education and many other options that we will discuss with you during our initial consultation and throughout our work together.
Contact Kirsch & Kirsch To Get Support For Your Drunk Driving Charges
Take advantage of our free consultation as soon as possible after being charged with driving while intoxicated. Our DWI defense team has years of legal experience with a range of traffic violations and DWI cases, and you will benefit from working with a Missouri attorney.