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Fulton DWI Attorney

Fulton DWI Attorney

Fulton DWI Attorney

Being convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a very serious matter. Even if it is your first offense, you may face jail time, high fines, and other serious penalties. Fortunately, there are several defenses available that can help you avoid these consequences, as well as a permanent criminal record, which could hurt your future. If you have been charged, it is important that you speak with our Fulton DWI attorney so you can retain your freedom.

Penalties for a DWI

Like in most other states, a person can be charged with a DWI if they operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%or more. If convicted, the penalties are harsh, but they also vary depending on whether it is a first or subsequent conviction.

First-time offenders are generally charged with a second-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, the potential penalties include a maximum of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Other consequences include a suspension or revocation of one’s driver’s license, probation, community service requirements, ignition interlock devices, and higher insurance premiums.

The penalties for DWI increase with each subsequent conviction. Under state law, anyone convicted of a second DWI must serve at least ten days in jail, with the maximum sentence being one year in jail. Many county jails do not even allow inmates to go outside, so it is a hard sentence to serve.

Defenses to DWI

There are many defenses to DWI in Missouri. A Fulton DWI attorney will start any case by asking what happened during the initial stop, if a search was conducted, if tests were taken, and if anything was said between the defendant and the police officer. All of this helps craft a strong defense, which may include the following:

  • Reason for the stop: Police officers must have reasonable suspicion to pull someone over for a suspected DWI. If law enforcement did not have reasonable suspicion, anything that occurred after the stop is inadmissible and cannot be used against you.
  • Challenging chemical test results: Breathalyzers are the most common type of chemical test, but the devices used are often faulty. Blood and urine tests can also become contaminated, and they also must be collected and stored properly. A DWI attorney will know how to challenge the results of these tests, which can serve as a strong defense.
  • Challenging field sobriety tests: No one should ever submit to field sobriety tests, as they have no legal obligation to do so. Still, when law enforcement argues that someone failed these field sobriety tests, an attorney will challenge that fact, as well as the fact that the test was conducted properly.

Our DWI Attorney in Fulton Can Help You Beat Your Charges

If you have been charged with a DWI, it is important that you remain calm. Scott A. Hamblin is an experienced Fulton DWI attorney who knows the defenses available in these cases and how to use them effectively so you can beat your charges. Call us now or contact us online to schedule a consultation and to learn more about how we can help you retain your freedom.

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