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Arrested for a DWI Charge in St Louis, MO?
Get the Best DWI Defense for your case!
(636) 256-7300


9666 OLIVE BLVD., STE. 365



You were out with your friends having a good time. You had a couple of drinks and were in the process of driving home. All of a sudden you saw police lights in your rear view mirror, or, you drove into a DWI or DUI Sobriety Checkpoint Area. A 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 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST).

You may have done these Field Sobriety Tests, such as the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (HGN), Walk and Turn Test (WAT) and the One Leg Stand Test (OLS).  The police officer may also have asked you to blow into a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT).

The next thing you know the police officer tells you that you are being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI). You were taken down to the police station where the police officer asks you if you would submit to a chemical test of your breath or blood. You were told that if you refused to take the test, your drivers license would be immediately revoked for a period of one year. You may have agreed to this chemical test of your breath or blood or you refused to blow.  If you agreed to the chemical test of your breath, after about 15 minutes the police officer had you blow into a breath test machine. The police officer may have told you that your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was above the legal limit of .08%.

At some point in time the police officer read to you the Miranda Rights (The right to remain silent; that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law; that you have the right to talk to a lawyer).  If you agreed to talk to the police, the officer asked you several questions, such as do you know what time it is? What is the date? When did you last eat? Were you operating the vehicle at the time of the stop? Have you been drinking? How much? Are you under the influence of an alcoholic beverage?

After these questions, the police officer gave you some tickets and told you that your drivers license will be suspended in 15 days.

What do you do now? 
What is going to happen to your drivers license?
The police officer said your license will be suspended in 15 days.
You can't afford to have your license suspended.
How are you going to be able to continue to drive?
What is the difference between the DWI ticket and an Administrative DWI?
Are you going to have to put an Ignition Interlock Device on your car?
Are you going to have to  wear a SCRAM device?
Are you going to have to  take off work to go to Court?
How much are you going to have to pay in fines?
Are you going to end up going to Jail?

You may feel overwhelmed at this point in time.

But the most important question you need to ask yourself is......

Which Missouri DWI Defense Lawyer will fight hard for you to keep your license from being suspended and will give your case the personal attention it deserves and provide you with the the best possible outcome?

I am Douglas Richards, a Missouri DWI Defense Lawyer, who since graduating from Washington University Law School in 1986, have been aggressively and successfully defending people who have been charged with a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) throughout the areas of St Louis, St Louis County, St Charles County, Franklin County, Jefferson County, Lincoln County and other areas in the State of Missouri.

You deserve to have an experienced and dedicated Missouri DWI Defense Lawyer on your side. I will look into ALL the facts of your case, ALL the details in order to find the mistakes that were made by the police. By pointing out these mistakes to the Prosecuting Attorney, I can show that there no facts to support the DWI case against you, or that there is only a very weak case.  This can serve as the basis to arrange for a plea bargain, a reduced charge, or even complete dismissal of the DWI charge.  

Get the Best DWI Defense you need for your case.
Call me at: 


9666 OLIVE BLVD., STE. 365
ST. LOUIS, MO 63132

I look forward to sitting down and talking to you face to face, so you can teach me the facts of your case and I can teach you what the law is and what legal defenses and legal tactics that are available to you, so that together, we can achieve the Best Result for you!

Douglas Richards

Attorney at Law

MACDL - Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

NACDL - National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


9666 Olive Blvd.

Ste. 365
St. Louis, MO 63132


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When you are charged with a DWI in the State of Missouri, you technically have two separate DWI Cases pending against you that are going on at the same time.

The first DWI Case is the Criminal DWI Charge brought against you in the City of County where you were arrested. The Criminal DWI Case is handled by the Prosecuting Attorney. The Prosecuting Attorney has the burden of proving that you are guilty of this Criminal DWI Charge, beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are found guilty under the Criminal DWI Case, first, your drivers license would be suspended for points; second, you could be sentenced to jail; third, you could also be ordered to pay a large fine. This is why you need an experienced Missouri DWI Defense Lawyer on your side.

Some of the possible defenses that can be raised are:  that there was an invalid initial stop by the police; that Improper Field Sobriety Tests were performed; that Improper Breath Test Procedures were followed; that there is an Inadmissible Breath Test Result; that there is an improper Blood Test Result. A skilled and experienced Missouri DWI 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 DWI 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 DWI 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. The police officer should have given you a Form 2385, which is your 15 day Temporary Driving Permit. To avoid this suspension you must request Administrative Hearing or contact a Missouri DWI 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 given 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. To avoid this suspension, you must contact a Missouri DWI Defense Lawyer who will file a “Petition for Review” on your behalf and obtain a “STAY ORDER”. If this is your first DWI offense, the “STAY ORDER” will allow you to continue to drive while your civil DWI Case is pending. A skilled and experienced Missouri DWI 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.

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 Missouri DWI Defense Lawyer for you. Give me a call so we can set up a time to meet face to face with you so I can answer alIl of your Missouri DWI defense questions.

call me at:


9666 Olive Blvd., Ste 365

St Louis, MO 63132




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