DUI / DWI Defense Lawyer
Will I go to Jail? What If I refused to take a breath/blood test? Can my license be suspended? Will this be on my record permanently?
If you have refused to submit to chemical testing or failed a breath or blood intoxication test for DWI, you have a 15 day window in MISSOURI, 14 – day window in KANSAS from the date of your arrest to request a hearing to challenge the suspension of your driver’s license.
Please keep this 14 - 15 day window in mind. Once this window has passed, the opportunity for the hearing is gone.
If your vehicle is stopped for a possible DUI investigation:
1. Do not make any statements to the police, or anyone else. (never admit to consuming any amount of alcohol.)
2. Do not submit to any field sobriety tests, as they are not required by law. (examples include...follow my police pen, stand on one leg, walk the straight line, etc...)
Instead, immediately, request to speak with your criminal defense attorney.
A DWI arrest can be stressful and traumatic, especially for first time offenders. DWI affects not only you, but also your family, your employment and your future endeavors. At Jungle Law, you can expect to be represented by a qualified criminal defense lawyer with years of success in court. We already know the state's arguments, so we are in the best position to prepare a defense for you. Compared to other states, a Missouri DUI charge can come with some of the most unforgiving penalties.
Kansas has DUI penalties that are quite different from Missouri penalties.
If you receive a DUI charge while you hold a Kansas commercial drivers license, (CDL) there are special considerations that apply.
In Kansas, driving under the influence penalties are as follows:
Upon a first conviction a class B - nonperson misdemeanor. If convicted, you will be sentenced to not less than 48 consecutive hours, nor more than six months’ imprisonment, or at the court’s discretion, 100 hours of public service, and fined not less than $750, nor more than $1,000.
Upon a second conviction. a DUI is a class A - nonperson misdemeanor. If you are convicted, you shall be sentenced to not less than 90 days, nor more than one year imprisonment, and fined not less than $1,250, nor more than $1,750.
Upon a third conviction, DUI is a class A - nonperson misdemeanor. If convicted, you shall be sentenced to not less than 90 days, nor more than one year imprisonment, and fined not less than $1,750, nor more than $2,500.
Upon a fourth or subsequent conviction for DUI, it is a nonperson FELONY. If convicted, you shall be sentenced to not less than 90 days, nor more than one year imprisonment and fined $2,500.
If you’ve been charged with a DWI/DUI in Missouri or Kansas, here are three vital points to protect your future interests:
1. You only have 15 days from the date of your arrest to schedule your DMV hearing in Missouri, and 14 days in Kansas. If this has not been done already, call a member of Jungle Law and we will be able to handle this for you.
2. If you are convicted of a DUI, you could be incarcerated, lose your drivers license, and pay substantial fines, in addition to other court-ordered consequences. Your auto insurance rates will also increase dramatically. You will have to show proof of an SR-22 ( high risk insurance) to the DMV.
3. When you are charged with a DUI in Missouri and Kansas, that doesn’t mean you are guilty. Your attorney can exercise legal methods for getting the charges reduced and/or ultimately dropped. On many occasions, an officer's stop has technical issues that can be discovered by an experienced attorney.
This is why you need an experienced DUI Defense Attorney from Jungle Law working for you. Call 1-833-4-JUNGLE today!