In 2010, Missouri passed comprehensive revisions to the DUI / DWI laws to make the consequences of a conviction harsher. The consequences of a first-time DUI, or any subsequent offense, can now greatly affect your driving privileges and your future.
Thomas SanFilippo & Associates believes that in every bad decision there is a chance to make a better decision in the future. We can change how the prosecution and judge will look at your case and DUI / DWI charges, defend your case, and help you get on with your life.
Consequences of a DUI / DWI
Driving while intoxicated or driving while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics (DWI or DUI) are serious offenses that carry heavy penalties for repeat offenders. Whether you are charged as a prior, persistent, chronic, or aggravated offender, you need an experienced St. Louis DWI attorney.
Because of the successful lobbying of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and other groups, penalties are much steeper than they used to be. Even first-timers are going to jail these days.
Even if this is your first DWI/DUI charge, you still need an experienced St Louis DUI/DWI lawyer — one who deals with prior, persistent, chronic or aggravated offenders on a regular basis. Many attorneys can handle a first-time DWI/DUI offense, but there are considerably fewer attorneys who are experienced in defending people who are facing charges for second or greater offenses.
If you have previous arrests and are being charged as a prior, persistent, chronic or aggravated offender, you face much stiffer penalties. Your previous record will be a factor, regardless of whether you had a prior offense “taken care of.” Even if the prior offense does not appear on your official driving record, it will most likely appear in records available to law enforcement and the prosecution. This leaves you with potential exposure to felony prosecution under the prior, persistent, chronic and aggravated offender statutes in Missouri.
How We Can Help You
The team of experts at Thomas SanFilippo & Associates has been very successful in mitigating mandatory minimum jail times, keeping subsequent offenders out of jail, and litigating DUI / DWI-related charges, including:
• Underage/minor DUI / DWI
• Driving with a suspended license
• Careless and imprudent driving
• Furnishing alcohol to a minor
• Open container/bottle
• Vehicular assault, manslaughter and homicide
• Drug-related DUI / DWI
• Motor vehicle forfeiture
• CDL offenses
Working to Help You Keep Your Driver’s License
There is also a second consequence that arises out of a DUI / DWI stop — the administrative suspension of your driving privileges. License suspension or revocation (because of a blood alcohol content level in excess of .08 or a refusal to take the test) can last from 30 days to one year — sometimes it is 10 years, or even permanent. The rules covering loss of license are complicated. If you have questions, please contact us at 314-669-5752.
If you refuse a breath test, the officer will immediately take your license, and your license will be suspended for at least one year. This can be appealed, but you have a limited time to do so. Contact us immediately at 314-669-5752.