Being charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a very scary experience. It is important to stay calm and to remember that being charged is not the same thing as being convicted. Due to the serious nature of these charges, law enforcement and the prosecution pursue these charges aggressively. You need someone on your side fighting for you. Our drunk driving lawyers in Jefferson City can prepare the solid defense you need to give you the best chance of beating the charges.
Like in most other states, any motorist found driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater will be charged with a DWI. Today, law enforcement usually uses a roadside breathalyzer to determine whether you are over the legal limit. It is important to note, though, that before pulling you over, law enforcement must have reasonable suspicion that you are driving under the influence. This typically means they must notice you weaving in and out of lanes, or otherwise driving erratically or unsafely.
Under the implied consent laws in Jefferson City, you are required by law to submit to a chemical test, such as the breathalyzer. This is because when you got your driver’s license, you gave your implied consent to submit to these tests when asked. However, it is often recommended that you do not submit to the test, as it could provide law enforcement with important evidence they will use against you.
If you do take the breathalyzer and fail, your driver’s license will be suspended or revoked. In Missouri, you have 15 days to take legal action to get your driver’s license back. If you refuse to submit to a chemical test, your driver’s license may be revoked for up to one year. It is important to know that this revocation can be stopped or stayed, and a drunk driving lawyer in Jefferson City can help you do it.
A police officer may also ask you to submit to a field sobriety test. They may ask you to perform the walk and turn test, or the horizontal nystagmus test. Unlike chemical tests such as the breathalyzer, you are not required under the law to submit to these tests and you will not face any legal penalties for refusing. It is always recommended that you refuse these tests, as they can also provide law enforcement and the prosecution with evidence to use against you.
If you have been charged with a DWI, do not hesitate to contact our drunk driving lawyer in Jefferson City today. Scott A. Hamblin can help ensure you retain your driver’s license after a DWI charge, and your freedom so you do not have a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation and to learn more about how we can help with your case.
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