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Frequently Asked Questions About DWI

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Being pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence is one of the most stressful things you may find yourself going through. An arrest does not equal a conviction! Our experienced St. Louis DWI attorneys want to provide you with the best possible resources so you know what to expect moving forward and how you can benefit your case. Take some time to read through some of the most frequently asked questions to Millikan Wright, LLC below.

Our firm is happy to assist you with any additional questions you may have. Feel free to directly give us a call or fill out a free case evaluation to learn more.

What's the difference between a DWI charge and a DUI charge?

The official charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs varies by state. Some states, such as Missouri, refer to the offense as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Other states, such as Illinois, refer to this criminal charge as Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Still other states call the offense Operating While Impaired or Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating Under the Influence (OUI).

Regardless of what the offense is called, all states use Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) to determine a driver's level of impairment. Missouri has two Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) thresholds for charging a person with a DWI:

  • For drivers 21 years of age or older, the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold is 0.08.
  • For drivers under 21 years of age, the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold is 0.02.

Illinois also has two Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) thresholds for charging a person with a DWI. For drivers 21 years of age or older, the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold is 0.08. However, in Illinois, there is a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving so the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold for drivers under the age of 21 is 0.

Five ways to challenge a Missouri DWI

Am I able to beat a Missouri DUI charge?

A DWI arrest can have life-changing consequences including fines, license suspension, and even jail time. In addition, a DWI arrest can negatively affect your career and make it difficult to find a job. However, not every DWI arrest is handled properly by police and that requires further investigation by an experienced DWI attorney. Please click on the infographic to the right for more information.

Can a DUI charge be amended to a lesser offense?

In some cases, a DWI in Missouri can be amended to lesser offense. This might not always be the best option though. It all depends on the circumstances. There are several factors to consider when making this decision. A thorough examination of all consequences to your license and criminal record need to be taken into account when determining your course of action. The attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC can help you weigh your options so you are making the right decision.

DWI Expungement is often overlooked by most people. Many do not realize that it is possible to remove a DWI conviction from your criminal record AND your driving record, provided certain qualifications are met.

When charged with DWI, most people are concerned about four things:

In short, if a person has not had an alcohol related conviction in the ten (10) years prior to the application date for DWI Expungement in St. Louis, Missouri Statute 577.054 RSMO may provide a means of removing the conviction.

Visit our blog post to read more about amending a DWI to a lesser offense.

What happens if a child is in the car when I am pulled over for DUI?

If a minor child is in the vehicle when you are pulled over for suspension of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), the resulting charges in addition to fines, loss of driver’s license and jail time could include a misdemeanor or felony child endangerment charge. If convicted, you could face loss of custody and visitation rights in addition to the aforementioned penalties.

At Millikan Wright, LLC, our team of DWI lawyers are dedicated to aggressively defending your rights, to ensure your freedom and custody privileges are maintained. When combating DWI child endangerment charges, our lawyers will determine if there was sufficient reason for stopping your vehicle and if there was reasonable belief that you were intoxicated and therefore endangering the safety of your child. By analyzing the evidence, including police reports, testimonies and BAC results, we will create a solid defense strategy to combat the charges and seek an acquittal.

Call a St. Louis DUI Attorney with Years of Experience!

Remember, when you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, you do not need to proceed alone. With over 50 years of combined experience and experience as former police officers and prosecutors, Millikan Wright, LLC knows the tactics that are used to get you punished. Our aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys will stop at nothing to get you the most favorable outcome.

For more information about Millikan Wright, LLC or to schedule a free case evaluation, contact us today!

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