Felony, first offense or repeat DUI/DWI
You’ve Been Charged with a DUI/DWI. Now What?
DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is also commonly known as DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). Both are violations of state statutes that prohibit people from operating a motor vehicle while impaired because of alcohol or other substance. But no matter what you call it, it’s a serious matter—and it could lead to being ticketed, arrested, or formally charged.
Here in Missouri, you can even get a DUI without actually driving. If you are in the position to operate the vehicle—even if it’s not moving—you can get charged. And it’s not just alcohol that’s considered an intoxicant. Illicit drugs, cannabis, prescription medication, and even some over-the-counter medication can impair your driving. And you don’t even have to be in a car. You can get a DUI in a golf cart, boat, ATV, or mini-bike.
That’s why it’s so important that if you get a DUI—whether it’s a first offense or you’re a repeat offender—you immediately contact a defense attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced with the criminal charges you face.
Every state dictates that a first-time DUI offense is considered a misdemeanor, which typically carries a jail sentence of up to six months, fines up to $1,000, and a suspended license, for starters. In some cases, however, a first-time DUI offense may bring felony charges, including drunk driving resulting in the death or severe injury of another person; vehicular manslaughter; having children in the vehicle while drunk, and more.
Repeat offenses are the most common type of felony DUI charge. If you have two prior DUIs, the court deems that it is repetitive dangerous behavior, and the punishments are more severe. Increased jail time (up to 4 years), permanent loss of driving privileges, ignition interlock devices, continuous alcohol monitoring bracelets, and the loss of child custody are just a few of the potential sentences.
Because they are considered especially serious crimes, felony DUI charges are difficult to have removed or sealed from your permanent record.
But there are defenses for DUIs. And Taylor Defense Law can help you through them. Entrapment, being involuntarily intoxicated (e.g. being drugged without consent), being stopped improperly by law enforcement, inaccurate sobriety or breathalyzer tests and more are just some of the defenses used for those charged with DUI. Of course, the best defense is always based on the circumstances under which you got the DUI, which is why we’ll work with you to determine if any defensives are applicable, based on your specific case.
At Taylor Defense Law, we’re here to protect your rights. Represent you in court. And do everything we can for the best possible outcome—including plea bargains and attempting to dismiss charges.
We understand that the penalties and consequences of a DUI charge are overwhelming. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, don’t wait. Call us today.