MARYLAND HEIGHTS DUI DEFENSE LAWYER
Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer
Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer. In Missouri, the City of Maryland Heights is a hot bed for DUI Arrests. Whether you were driving on Highway 270, Highway 70, Page Ave/Highway 364/Hwy D, Highway 141/Maryland Heights Expressway, Dorsett Road or some other main road in Maryland Heights, the police are always on the lookout for impaired drivers. If you get pulled over for speeding, or some other violation, the police officer first asks to see your drivers license and proof of insurance. But it seems like the next question the police officer always asks you is if you have been drinking or have taken any drugs. If you say "yes", or, if the police officer claims to smell alcohol or drugs (pot), the police officer will ask you to step out of your car and have you do some field sobriety tests. The next thing you know is that you are being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
When you are charged with a DUI in the City of Maryland Heights, you technically have two separate DUI cases pending against you that are going on at the same time.
The first DUI case is the criminal charge brought against you in the City of Maryland Heights Municipal Court. The criminal DUI case is handled by the Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Maryland Heights. The Prosecuting Attorney has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are found guilty under the Criminal DUI case, your license would be suspended for points, you could be sentenced to jail and/or be ordered to pay a large fine. This is why you need an experienced Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer on your side.
Some of the possible defenses that can be raised are whether there was an invalid initial stop by the police; whether Improper Field Sobriety Tests were performed; whether Improper Breath Test Procedures were followed; whether there are Inadmissible Breath Test Result; or whether there was a knowing Breath or Chemical Test Refusal. A skilled and experienced Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer knows what to look for in the specific facts of your case and will develop the most effective defense strategies that will help your chance of obtaining a favorable outcome.
The other DUI case is civil proceeding brought against you by the Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. The civil case is called an Administrative Alcohol Suspension. The civil DUI case involves whether you blew over the legal limit of .08% or whether you refused to submit to a chemical test.
If you submitted to the breath test, you have 15 days after your arrest to request an Administrative Hearing or it is waived and your drivers license will be automatically suspended for a period of 90 days if it is your first DUI Case. The police officer should have gave you a Form 2385. This is your 15 day Temporary Driving Permit. To avoid this suspension you must request Administrative Hearing or contact a Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer who will fill out the paperwork for you and send it to the Department of Revenue within this 15 day time period. You then will be issued a temporary driving permit that will allow you to continue to drive while your Administrative Hearing is pending.
If you refused the breath or chemical test, the police officer should have gave you a Form 4323. This informs you that you driving privileges will be revoked for one year, 15 days from the date of the notice, unless a Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer files a “Petition for Review” and obtain a “STAY ORDER”. If this is your first DUI offense, the “STAY ORDER” will allow you to continue to drive while your case is pending. A skilled and experienced Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer will look into the facts of your case and develop the most effective defense strategies to help you obtain the most favorable outcome.
What Should I Look For In A DUI Defense Lawyer to Handle My City of Maryland Heights DUI Case?
First, look for a Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer who has extensive experience in handling DWI - DUI cases in the City of Maryland Heights. You also need to choose a Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer who handles DUI cases on a daily basis. There are many subtleties and complexities in a DUI Defense that can only be fully understood by someone who regularly practices in that area. When you need the best result, make sure you go to an experienced Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer who has years of handling cases and developing successful defense strategies that can be used in your case. Be wary if the “dedicated” Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer also handles Divorce Cases, Bankruptcy Cases, Probate Cases and/or other Civil Type Cases.
Second, look for a Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer who will give you the personal attention that your case deserves. This means being able to deal directly with your Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer, and not some staff person from the lawyer’s office. Having face to face meetings. Being able to contact your Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer when you need to. Being able to call him on his cell phone or text him if you have any kind of question. Personal service. You need a Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer who will take the time to get to know you, and is willing to spend the necessary time developing the facts of your case in order to obtain the best result possible for you.
Third, meet with the Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer in person. A phone conversation is a good place to start, but you can only tell so much about someone over the phone. It is crucial to meet with the Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer in person. Meeting face to face will help you make the decision about whether he is the right Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer for you. Bring a family member or a friend with you to the meeting, especially if they are going to help you through this difficult time. It is very important that you feel comfortable communicating with your Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer, and more importantly, whether the Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer is knowledgeable and comfortable communicating with you and answering your questions about your case and the DUI process that you will be going through.
I never charge a fee for an initial consultation because I understand that it is an important step in the process of finding the right Maryland Heights DUI Defense Lawyer for you. Call today to contact my office so we can set up a time to meet face to face with you so I can answer all of your DWI defense questions.
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Douglas N. RichardsAttorney at Law
St. Louis, MO 63132