Every DWI, whether a misdemeanor or a felony, must be aggressively defended because of the far-reaching consequences a conviction or a plea of guilty carries. You can lose your driving privileges and with it your ability to earn a living. You may be subjected to wearing an expensive monitoring device and required to equip any vehicle you drive with an alcohol detection device, all at your expense. You may be required to spend time in jail. Your automobile insurance will be costlier and more difficult to obtain. You can be required to complete a treatment program at your own expense before your driving privileges are restored.
In Missouri, any prior DWI convictions or guilty pleas will be used to enhance the penalties. If you have DWIs in your past, even if they are so old that you've forgotten about them or are from a different state, they can, and likely will, be used to enhance a new DWI charge in Missouri to a felony with mandatory jail time.
If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Missouri, you can expect to be vigorously prosecuted. The pressure brought to bear on prosecutors by well-financed anti-drinking lobbying groups is enormous. You will need an equally aggressive defense attorney who is both knowledgeable and an experienced trial attorney who fully understands DWI law and the science behind it to defend you.
Contact me immediately to determine whether any pending license suspensions can be stayed while your DWI case proceeds through the courts.