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Third DWI Consequences in Missouri

Third DWI Charge

A person charged with a third driving while intoxicated offense in Missouri can be charged as a "persistent offender" and result in a conviction of a Class D Felony. The sentence for a Class D felony in Missouri is a fine of up to $5,000 and up to four years inprisonment with the Missouri Department of Corrections. Aside from fines and imprisonment, becoming a convicted felon in Missouri carries with it a stigma and consequences that will likely affect a person for the rest of their life including being unable to own a firearm and barred from voting. A felon's ability to find employment will almost certainly be significantly impaired, especially in those fields requiring licenses and/or certifications. 

 

I just got my first DWI, Now what?

First DWI Charge 

When an individual is charged with driving while intoxicated in Missouri, there are usually two separate cases. Criminal charges will be filed by the prosecuting attorney of the jurisdiction in which the driver was arrested. A first offense DWI is a Class B misdemeanor in Missouri. There will also be an administrative suspension of the driver's license by the Department of Revenue. A driver has the right to contest this suspension, and depending on whether or not the driver submitted to BAC testing, the administrative case will take one of two very distinct paths.

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Driving While Intoxicated

DWI Lawyer in St. Louis, Missouri

DUI DWI Lawyer, Drunk Driving, Driving While Intoxicated Attorneys St. Louis

Driving While Intoxicated or Driving Under the Influence in Missouri has become an increasingly serious offense over the years, and the complexity of these cases has made them a specialty practice area all on their own. Not only are there criminal ramifications, but your driving privileges can be affected substantially and possibly wind up being denied for years. After a DWI arrest in Missouri, two separate legal proceedings are taken against the driver, a criminal proceeding and an administrative proceeding.

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