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Defense for Multiple DWI Charges

Have you already been arrested once for DWI in St. Louis?

Under the law, DWI convictions are punished unusually harshly. Penalties for this crime is aimed at preventing a driver from ever getting behind the wheel intoxicated again, so a first time DWI conviction is aimed at being particularly aggressive. Even worse is when a driver has been accused of a DWI after their first arrest. Second and successive alcohol-related driving offenses have progressively more serious consequences, both criminally and civilly.

With a former police officer and prosecuting attorney by your side, you are well-poised for a solid and reasonable defense. At Millikan Wright, LLC, our DWI defense attorneys have an advantage that other firms are missing- the experience of someone that has been on both sides of the law. If you are facing more than one DWI conviction, you need experienced help as soon as possible.

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What penalties may I face for multiple DWIs?

While many people view the punishment for a first time state DWI offense as aggressive and even severe, the penalties for a second, or subsequent, state DWI offense have even greater consequences. A first time DWI conviction is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed six (6) months and a fine not to exceed $500. A subsequent DWI or "intoxication-related traffic offense" conviction may subject the offender to significantly more severe punishment under the provision of "persistent offender" and "prior offender" definitions in Missouri statute 577.023, RSMo Supp. 2003.

A "persistent offender" is defined as one of the following:

  • A person who has pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty of two (2) or more intoxication-related traffic offenses within ten (10) years of the first intoxication-related offense.
  • A person who has pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree.

If an offender pleads guilty or is convicted of a subsequent DWI or intoxication-related offense and proven to be a "persistent offender", he/she will be convicted of a Class D felony. Punishment for a Class D felony is a term of imprisonment not to exceed four (4) years and a fine not to exceed $5,000.

A "prior offender" is defined as:

A person who has pleaded guilty or has been convicted of one (1) intoxication-related traffic offense, where the prior offense occurred within five (5) years of the current charge.

If an offender pleads guilty or is convicted of a subsequent DWI or intoxication-related offense and proven to be a "prior offender", he/she will be convicted of a Class A misdemeanor. Punishment for a Class A misdemeanor is a term of imprisonment not to exceed one year and a fine not to exceed $1,000.

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Keep in mind that Missouri law has a five year lookback period for DWI offenses. This means that when you have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, the court will look at your driving history for five years prior. If you have one other drunk driving conviction during this time, the court will punish this as a multiple DWI. If no other convictions exist, you will be facing a first-time DWI.

No matter what penalties you may be facing, you need the aggressive defense of a St. Louis DWI defense attorney when your rights are at stake. With over 50 years of combined experience, you know that the team at Millikan Wright, LLC is by your side during this difficult time. Call to speak with a member of our legal team and get the experienced representation you deserve!

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