DWI - DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED - DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
DOUGLAS RICHARDS, ATTORNEY AT LAW, IS A ST. LOUIS DWI DEFENSE LAWYER WITH OVER 26 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE DEFENDING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH DWI, (DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED) IN THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY, ST. LOUIS CITY, ST. CHARLES COUNTY, JEFFERSON COUNTY AND THE FRANKLIN COUNTY AREAS.
YOU HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR DWI - DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED - DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS - WHAT DO YOU DO NOW? FOR THE BEST LEGAL DWI DEFENSE YOU NEED TO CALL A ST. LOUIS DWI LAWYER WHO HAS OVER 26 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN ORDER TO GET THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULT FOR YOU!
You are out with your friends having a good time. You have had a couple of drinks and you are driving home. All of a sudden you see police lights in your rear view mirror. You are being pulled over! The police officer walks up to your car, asks you a few questions, and then tells you to step out of the car to do some Field Sobriety Tests (FST). You do the tests (HGN - Walk and Turn - One Leg Stand) and the next thing you know you are being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). You are taken down to the police station where the police officer asks you to submit to a breath test. You may have agreed to do this test or you refused to blow. The police officer gives you some tickets and tells you that your drivers license will be suspended. What do you do now? You do not want your license suspended. You can't have your license suspended! How can you get to work if you can't drive? Who do you call for help? The legal help you need is just a phone call away!
Call the Law Office of Douglas N. Richards at
314-517-5756 or 636-256-7300
After you call we will set up an appointment to go over all the facts of your case. We will go over whether the police had probable cause to even pull your vehicle over in the first place; Whether the police officer used the proper procedures to investigate whether there were the proper "clues" present to even ask you to do the Field Sobriety Tests (FST); Whether the police conducted the different Field Sobriety Tests (HGN - Walk and Turn - One Leg Stand) in the correct and proper manner; Whether the police observed the proper procedures when they took you down to the station and asked you to do the Breath Test. I will then file the proper paperwork to request an Administrative Hearing and/or file a Petition for Review so I can get a Stay Order to stop the suspension of your drivers license!
Remember, help is just a phone call away. So If you have been arrested for DWI - Driving While Intoxicated -Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs or any other serious criminal offense in the St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County areas, and you want an DWI Attorney who will give your case the personal attention it deserves, then give me a call. With over 26 years of experience, I can and will make a difference in your case. Call me anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at either:
314-517-5756 or 636-256-7300
DWI - DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED - DUI - DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
First Time DWI Charge - Class B Misdemeanor - Range of Punishment - up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine up to $5000.00 - 8 points assessed against Driving Record
Second Time DWI Charge - "Prior Offender" - Class A Misdemeanor - Range of Punishment - up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.00- 12 points assessed against Driving Record - Ignition Interlock
Third Time DWI Charge - "Persistent Offender" - Class D Felony - Range of Punishment - up to 4 years in Prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.00 - 12 points assessed against Driving Record
Fourth Time DWI Charge - "Aggravated Offender" - Class C Felony - Range of Punishment - up to 7 years in Prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.00 - 12 points assessed against Driving Record
Breath Test Refusal Cases
A driver who refuses to provide a blood, breath or urine test may have his or her license revoked for one year. To challenge the revocation, a driver or his attorney must file a Petition for Review in the county where the arrest took place within 30 days of the receipt of the notice of revocation.
The Circuit Court can and normally will grant a stay order pending a trial before a traffic court commissioner or judge in a refusal case, depending on your driving history.
Missouri DOR - Administrative Hearings
If you take a breath test and your test result is .08% or above (.02 if you are under 21), the police officer will take your driver's license and give you a temporary license and a hearing request form. The hearing request form must be completed, by the driver or his attorney, and then mailed and postmarked within 15 days of your arrest.
After your hearing request is received, you and your attorney will then be notified of the date, time and location of your hearing. The sole issues at the hearing will be whether there was probable cause to believe you were driving while intoxicated and whether your blood alcohol content exceeded the legal limit. If you are a minor, and your blood alcohol content was below .08%, the lawfulness of your initial stop will be an issue in the case as well.
At the administrative hearing, the case will initially be heard by a hearing officer employed by the Department of Revenue. If the hearing officer decides that there was not probable cause to arrest the driver for driving while intoxicated or the chemical test did not show that you had a BAC of .08 of higher at the time the vehicle was being operated, the driver will receive his or her license back, and no further action is necessary. If, on the other hand, the hearing officer decides to uphold the license suspension, the driver or his attorney may file a Petition for "Trial De Novo" in front of a state court judge in the county of arrest. It will then be up to the traffic court commissioner or judge to decide if the license suspension should be upheld.
Alcohol Related Motorcycle Charges - Riding a Motorcycle while under the influence or alcohol and/or Drugs
Underage Drinking Charges - If the person is under 21 then the BAC legal limit is .02% or over.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
1620 SOUTH HANLEY ROAD
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63144
314-517-5756 or 636-256-7300
Douglas Richards serves clients throughout the areas of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, and cities such as Arnold, Ballwin, Brentwood, Bridgeton, Chesterfield, Clayton, Cottleville, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Des Peres, Ellisville, Eureka, Fenton, Florissant, Frontenac, Glendale, Hazelwood, Hillsboro, Jennings, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, Manchester, Maplewood, Maryland Heights, O'Fallon, Olivette, Overland, Pacific, Richmond Heights, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, St. Peters, St. Charles City, Sunset Hills, Town and Country, Union, University City, Valley Park, Webster Groves, Wentzville and Wildwood.
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Douglas N. Richards Attorney at Law
1620 S Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63144
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