Taney County DUI / DWI Lawyer

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other intoxicants is a serious criminal offense in Missouri. The penalties for DUI can be severe, including license suspension, traffic school, and even jail time.

DUI laws are designed to reduce the number of accidents caused by impaired drivers. The penalties for DUI are harsh because drunk driving is a serious crime that can have devastating consequences.

There are different types of DUI offenses such as, driving while intoxicated (DWI) or boating while intoxicated (BWI). However, these offenses refer to the same thing: operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, illegal narcotics, or legally prescribed medications.

Driving while intoxicated usually refers to being under the influence of alcohol. The national standard for drunk driving is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. Driving while impaired refers to being under the influence of other substances. There is no blood-level standard for impairment with marijuana or other drugs.

The penalties for DUI vary depending on the circumstances of the offense. However, first-time offenders typically face misdemeanor charges. Repeat offenders, people with high BACs, or people with children in the vehicle may face felony DUI charges. If the driver caused an accident with injuries or a fatality, they could also face felony charges.

Some possible penalties for a first-time DUI offense include:

  • License suspension: Your license can be suspended for 90 days for a first offense to two years or more for repeat offenses.
  • Alcohol Evaluation and Treatment: An alcohol and substance abuse evaluation and follow up treatment is mandatory in Missouri. Courts may refer repeat offenders for inpatient alcohol or drug treatment.
  • Ignition interlock device (IID): These devices attach to the driver’s car and prevent it from starting unless the driver’s BAC is below the legal limit.
  • Fines: Fines start small and get much larger for repeat and habitual offenders.
  • Jail time: Even first-time offenders may receive jail sentences from the Court. Repeat offenders will see their sentences turned into higher misdemeanors and felonies, which carry even greater jail or prison time.

If you are charged with DUI, it is important to seek legal representation from a qualified DUI Attorney. Our Firm can help you understand your rights and options and can work to negotiate a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Here are some of the things our Firm can do for you:

  • Review the police report from your arrest to identify any potential legal issues.
  • File motions to suppress evidence, if necessary.
  • Negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor.
  • Represent you at trial, if necessary.
  • Advise and assist you in minimizing the negative effects on your driving privileges.

If you are charged with DUI/DWI, it is important to act quickly. Contact our Firm today to discuss your case.


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Branson Office
1440 State Hwy 248
Ste Q, #451

Branson, MO 65616

Phone: (417) 699-0074 Fax: (417) 429-2159


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