DWI/DUI Attorney in Florissant
The consequences of driving while intoxicated in the State of Missouri, even if it is your first offense, have become much more severe. If you are convicted of the charge, you will receive a conviction on your driving record plus points which will suspend your driver's license. Depending on whether or not you submitted to an alcohol breath test, you will also face an administrative suspension or revocation.
If you submit to a Breathalyzer test and the results of that test are .08 or higher, your driver’s license will be immediately taken and you will have 15 days to file a request for a hearing. If you do not request a hearing within 15 days, or if you request a hearing but do not prevail, your driver's license will be suspended for a period of 90 days, assuming you had no other alcohol contacts in the last five years. In order to have your driver’s license reinstated, you will need to pay a reinstatement fee plus you will be required to complete an alcohol education program known as "Satop". You will also be required to have your insurance company submit an SR22 form confirming that you have automobile liability insurance. When you request this from the insurance company they will, of course, be aware that you have been charged with driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol. They will then either raise your insurance rates or cancel your insurance coverage. Consequently, you will be required to obtain high-risk insurance coverage, which is much more expensive.
If you refuse the Breathalyzer test, you will have thirty days to file a Petition for Review to challenge this revocation. If you do not file a Petition for Review within thirty days, your license will be revoked for a period of one year. Although you have thirty days to file a Petition for Review you only have temporary driving privileges for a period of 15 days. When we file a Petition for Review on your behalf we can obtain a Stay Order from a Judge, which will allow you to continue driving until the matter is resolved. In many instances, we are able to avoid the one-year driver's license revocation.
If you have prior driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence arrests, even if they did not result in a conviction, the possibility of jail time becomes much more real. This is in addition to the possibility of loss of your driving privileges, which can include a lifetime loss of driving privileges for a third driving while intoxicated or related conviction. You may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.
I have been in practice for more than 35 years. I am a former assistant state's attorney and I have been a municipal prosecutor for more than 25 years. I have successfully dealt with hundreds of driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence cases. These charges should not be taken lightly and should be handled by an attorney with experience in handling these types of cases. I represent people charged with these offenses in both Missouri and Illinois and I will be happy to discuss your case with you at no charge.
Carl F Kohnen
760 Saint Francois St Ste B ♦ Florissant, MO 63031