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Missouri DUI Information

In Missouri, an individual who fails a DUI test will have 15 days in which to request a driver’s license hearing.  A first time offender is subject to a fine, possible incarceration and two years of probation.  A second offense carries larger fines, an increased possibility of incarceration and two years of probation.  In addition, the court may also order the installation of an ignition interlock system on the defendant’s automobile.  This device, which is installed at the offender’s expense, will prevent him/her from operating their motor vehicle if there is any alcohol present in their system.  A third offense is considered to be a felony whereas the previous incidents are typically misdemeanors.  A felony DUI conviction may result in imprisonment, mandatory enrollment in a substance abuse program, increased fines and extended probation. 

Many first time DUI offenders will enter into a plea agreement, which means that the prosecution and defendant will come to an agreement that will often involve a reduction or complete dismissal of the charges in exchange for the offender agreeing to comply with court ordered treatment programs, fines and/or probation.  In order to successfully negotiate a plea bargain, offenders will need an attorney.

First time offenders can expect to receive a license suspension depending upon a number of factors, including blood alcohol content and/or number of previous offenses.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test, on the other hand, will face an additional license suspension for the single act of a refusal to be tested.

Missouri offenders may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary. Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with any measurable trace of alcohol in their system, will be subject to license

suspension, fines, possible referral to a court ordered treatment program, etc.  Individuals who are involved in a DUI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.

 

 

 

 

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