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(636) 256-7300
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. You had to pull over! The police officer walked up to your car, asked you a few questions, and then told 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 you were being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI). You were taken down to the police station and then the police officer read to you the Implied Consent Law and asked 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 your 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 main question you need to ask yourself is......

Which St Louis MO DWI Defense Attorney will fight hard for you to keep your license from being suspended and wilil 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!

I am a member of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and is a member of the The Missouri Society for Justice, formerly know as FUDOR.

I regularly attend DWI Legal Seminars to stay on top of all the recent developments in the law and the best legal defense tactics.  These are The Bernard Edelman DWI Law & Science Seminar put on by MACDLand the MoBarCLE, and DWI/DUI Legal Seminar in Las Vegas, put on by NACDL.

Douglas N. 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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St Louis MO DWI Defense Attorney

When an individual is charged with either a DWI or a DUI, two separate sections of Missouri law govern the proceedings.

Administrative DWI Hearing
Missouri DOR - Administrative Hearings - This law deals with the administrative aspect of the ticket.  It imposes a separate suspension or revocation of the driving privilege if either your blood alcohol content (BAC) level is over the legal limit or if you refuse the BAC test(s) providing a sample of your breath/blood/urine.  This can be an automatic suspension or revocation, even if the ticket was disposed of in court or reduced to a lesser charge.If you submitted to a breath/blood/urine test, the police officer should have given you a Form 2385.  This is your 15 day Temporary Driving Permit. You only have 15 days to request an Administrative Hearing or else your driving privileges will be suspended.

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.

Breath Test Refusals
Breath Test Refusal Cases - If you refused to take a test test, the police officer should have given you a Form 4323. 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.


The Criminal DWI CaseThis law deals with the criminal aspect of the ticket that was issued. Besides the above listed consequences, if you are convicted of an alcohol offense, the court will send a copy of the conviction to the Missouri Department of Revenue, resulting in points imposed against your driving record.  This point assessment could lead to a suspension or revocation of your driving privileges for days, months, or even years.

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I have also successfully defended people who have been charged with DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and/or DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Cities such as, but are not limited to:  ArnoldBallwinBreckenridge HillsBrentwoodBridgetonChesterfieldClarkson ValleyClaytonCottlevilleCrestwoodCreve CoeurDes PeresEllisvilleEurekaFentonFlorissantFranklin CountyFrontenacGlendaleHazelwoodHillsboroJefferson CountyJenningsKirkwoodLadueLake St. LouisLincoln CountyManchester,  MaplewoodMaryland HeightsMoscow MillsO'FallonOlivetteOverland, Pacific,  Richmond HeightsRock HillShrewsburySaint  AnnSt. JohnSt. PetersSt. Charles City,  St. Charles CountySt Louis CitySt Louis CountySunset HillsTown and Country,  TroyUnionUniversity CityValley ParkWebster GrovesWentzvilleWinfield and Wildwood.

The choice of an attorney is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertisements.

Helpful Links:

The Missouri Department of Revenue
DWI Information

The Missouri Department of Revenue
Administrative Alcohol Arrest Information

The Missouri Department of Revenue
Alcohol and Drug Test Refusal Information

The Missouri Department of Revenue
Abuse and Lose Information

The Missouri Department of Revenue
Minor in Possession Information

The Missouri Department of Revenue Refusal to Submit to an Alcohol and/or Drug Test (Chemical Revocation) Information

The Missouri Department of Revenue
Ticket and Points Information

Official State of Missouri Government Web Site

City of St Louis Government Web Site

St Louis County Government Web Site

St Charles County Government Web Site

Jefferson County Government Web Site

Franklin County Government Web Site

Lincoln County Government Web Site

Warren County Government Web Site