Being charged with a DWI, or driving while intoxicated, is a serious offense. Depending on whether it’s your first offense or you are a repeated offender, your punishment can vary. It’s important to take all charges of DWIs seriously, as failing to recognize the impact that it has on your life can lead to further offenses and increased consequences. To understand your rights as a person convicted of a DWI, consider reaching out to an experienced DWI attorney in Jefferson City.
One of the first consequences after sustaining a charge of a Missouri DWI is a license suspension. If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher, you are considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol. For minors under the age of 21, any blood alcohol concentration is subjected to DWI penalties. This is because Missouri has a zero-tolerance law in place. For any of these first-offense situations, your license may be suspended for 30 days, followed by 60 days of restricted driving privileges. This means you may only drive to and from work or court-sponsored programs. Your full privileges should be eligible for reinstatement if you’ve paid a reinstatement fee and have completed a SATOP course. For second offenders and higher, your license may be revoked for five or more years depending on what number of offense you are on. License revocations may also be in place for those that refuse to take a blood alcohol test.
If charged with a DWI in Missouri, you can expect to be responsible for fines and penalties. The total cost of your fines will vary depending on the number of DWI offenses you’ve accrued. First-time offenders may be required to pay up to $1,000 in penalties. If after your first offense you are charged with a second DWI, your expected fine may be as high as $2,000. Third-offense penalties may cost you up to $5,000. After your third offense, your fines may not exceed $5,000 for repeated offenses.
Depending on the number of DWI offenses you have on your record, you may or may not be required to submit to jail time. Oftentimes, the court will split jail time and fines or give you either option. In the case of the first offense of a DWI, the person charged may serve up to six months in jail. A second-time offender may serve up to one year in jail, and a third-time offender can face a mandatory 10-day imprisonment followed by up to four years in jail. A fourth offense can land you in jail for one year or at a correctional facility for seven years. Following your third offense comes greater mandatory prison stays of three to ten years, five to fifteen years, and ten to thirty years for the fifth, sixth, and seventh offenses, respectively.
If you believe you received an unfair punishment for your DWI, it could help to work with a DWI attorney. An experienced lawyer like Scott Hamblin can help review your case and guide you through any potential ways to receive a less harsh punishment. To speak with Scott Hamblin about your DWI punishment in Michigan, contact us today.
A Jefferson City man faced DUI charges following a field sobriety test. Charges against the defendant were dropped after Scott successfully maintained the client’s claims that the test results were inaccurate. While the client initially appeared to be in a difficult situation, Scott was able to push investigators to determine the sobriety test results as invalid, so the charges were dismissed.
A mother was seeking sole custody of her children following a divorce. The father refused to cooperate, leaving the client in a difficult situation as she felt as though her children didn’t have a voice. Scott recognized her need for an advocate and carefully listened to the children’s wishes, which conclusively helped the client achieve sole custody of her children and protected their best interests.
A client from Fulton was accused of drug possession as a result of a home search. While drug charges may potentially be filed as a Class C felony involving severe consequences, Scott was able to help the client receive a reduced sentence. Ultimately, the client faced significantly smaller penalties compared to the initial charges.
Scott assisted a defendant in a particularly challenging divorce case in which the other spouse was not cooperating. Scott was able to help the client avoid court through an aggressive legal approach to resolve all outstanding disagreements while maintaining the client’s long-term needs.
One client sought legal assistance after an altercation with another individual in Jefferson City. The client was arrested on assault charges despite allegedly not starting the fight. Since an arrest can lead to life-altering penalties such as being terminated from employment and serving jail time, Scott was able to build a solid legal defense in the client’s favor and argued in favor of the client’s innocence.
A grandparent sought visitation rights to his grandchild after the parent tried to block him. Scott takes grandparents’ rights very seriously, and so he devised a strategy to help the grandparent set a visitation schedule. Scott developed a strategy to show that the child’s best interests were fulfilled through the grandparent’s ability to visit the child, helping push the case towards a resolution in the client’s favor.
Scott assisted a client who was injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence. The defendant claimed that the opposing party using their phone at the time of the crash, and Scott emphasized this claim to show that the other driver was at fault for the client’s injuries. The case concluded with the client receiving the necessary compensation for medical bills following a long hospital stay due to injuries.
Scott Hamblin is a great attorney. Between Scott and his legal assistant Madasyn, I felt like all my questions were answered promptly and thoroughly. Scott is very knowledgeable and was very well prepared for trial. I would recommend Scott to anyone needing an attorney.
Can't say enough good things about Mr. Hamblin and his team. They're responsive, treat your case like it's their own, and are personable as can be. Court can be daunting, but they are there to help you through every step of the tough process. Madasyn is part of this team and deserves to be recognized too, as she was friendly and encouraging from beginning to end. They handle it all with ease and you won't regret coming to them for help and advice along your journey.
10/10 recommend Mr. Scott Hamblin. Mr. Hamblin and his legal assistant Madasyn have been wonderful throughout my whole case and very prompt, and helpful the whole time. He was very thorough and left nothing missed during my whole case. Questions were answered quickly throughout the process whether through email, phone or in person. As well as the whole process was explained step by step. I highly recommend Mr Hamblin for any family law matters! I couldn’t of asked for better representation for my case.
I came across Scott Hamblin on the internet and read his bio and was very impressed. I have not been disappointed with his knowledge and understanding. If you are in need of a great lawyer, this is the call to make. You will not regret hiring him. Thank you, Scott.
Scott recently provided outstanding representation for my divorce. He was well-prepared throughout the course of the litigation and trial, resulting in a very favorable outcome for me. Scott is a very bright attorney who takes pride in his work, and it shows. He is truly in a league of his own.
Scott is a phenomenal attorney, no sugar-coating straightforward and to the point. As an older man I found myself in a custody case, and had little hope of any outcomes in my favor. This guy knows his law and his business, and is about it. His personality is soothing and his office is always on point. To say I’m ecstatic with his ability is an understatement.
Scott is the best attorney, hands down! My husband had a fairly difficult case, he had little hope that he’d be able to receive anything he was asking for and Scott helped him achieve everything, very quickly. He’s very professional, compassionate and understanding and works hard to help you achieve the best possible outcome. We are very thankful.
Scott came highly recommended by an attorney friend of mine after I received an unfavorable outcome working with a different lawyer in the area. Scott was smart, pleasant to work with, and achieved the best possible outcome for me. I only wish I would have used him sooner.
We had a very unique case. It was confusing and complicated. Scott stepped in, helped and guided us on our journey. He was knowledgeable, professional and very honest with us. I highly recommend him if you are put in a circumstance where you need an attorney. His integrity is amazing. The entire firm was wonderful to us.
Scott Hamblin is reliable, trustworthy, very professional, and hardworking. I highly recommend him for any of your lawyer needs.
For accessible and experienced representation, contact attorney Scott Hamblin today.