Representing the Rights of Individuals Accused of DWI in the St. Louis Metro Area
Have you been arrested for drunk driving in St. Louis City or St. Louis County? If so, you should speak to the experienced attorneys at the Byrnes Law Firm as soon as you can.
Drunk driving is taken very seriously by authorities, and local police are always on the lookout for people who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Furthermore, you should not be under the mistaken impression that you need to be extremely intoxicated to get be accused of DWI – it is possible to be over the legal limit blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of .08 after just a few drinks.
The Potential Consequences of a St. Louis DUI/DWI Conviction
Drunk and drugged driving can result in severe legal consequences, even for a first-time offense. Some of the potential penalties a court can impose after a DWI conviction include the following:
- Hundreds of dollars in fines
- The installation of an ignition interlock device
- Community service
- Drug and alcohol education classes
- Participation in a Victim Impact Panel
- Jail time
A drunk driving case can also result in other penalties that have nothing to do with the court. Your work or school may impose certain sanctions, and the fact that you have a DWI on your record may make it difficult to secure certain types of employment. Furthermore, a DWI can significantly increase your insurance rates and can also do damage to your reputation within your community. With so much on the line, it is important that you everything in your power to avoid a conviction or mitigate the consequences that you are facing.
Common Defenses in a Drunk Driving Case
Fortunately, there are many ways in a which a skilled DWI defense lawyer may be able to help. A DWI arrest does not always result in a conviction, and the state must still “make its case” before a judge or a jury can find someone guilty. Some of the more common defenses raised in St. Louis DWI cases include the following:
- Challenging the reason for the initial traffic stop
- Establishing that a DWI checkpoint was not in compliance with legal requirements
- Introducing evidence that the breathalyzer device used in your case was improperly calibrated
- Casting doubt on the veracity of the officer’s testimony
- Showing that you have a medical condition that could cause an elevated BAC reading or that causes symptoms that resemble alcohol or drug intoxication
While legal defenses are important to consider, it is important to understand that the vast majority of drunk driving cases do not go to trial. In many cases, the case is resolved through plea bargain agreement that avoids the most serious consequences available from being imposed. Depending on the circumstances, a lawyer may even be able to work out an agreement in which the case is dropped by the state provided that you successfully complete the terms of probation. For this reason, you should always have a defense attorney analyze your case, even if you “blew” or provided other evidence showing that you were intoxicated.
Call a St. Louis Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
If you have been accused of drunk driving, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with a St. Louis DWI defense lawyer, call the Byrnes Law Firm today at 314-312-0404.