13 Nov Carson & Coil | Criminal Defense Lawyers for Jefferson City and Mid Missouri
Most forms of criminal law are enforced primarily at the state level. While most criminal laws are universal among all 50 states, the criminal procedure following the charge, as well as the punishment for each crime can vary from state to state.
I’ve been Charged with a DWI and I need help!
One of our most common criminal cases are drunk driving offenses. If you have been charged with a drunk driving offense, one of the worst things you can do is try to represent yourself. Most Driving While Intoxicated (or DWI) cases require an aggressive and effective defense attorney with strong knowledge of the subject, as well as how the charges are prosecuted. At Carson and Coil, we strive to give our clients the best defense possible and to properly communicate all of their options.
What are my options after being charged with a DWI?
With a good criminal defense attorney, the best case scenario is the possibility to either drop the charges or even prevent the files from being charged. However, this is not always possible. Depending on the amount of evidence the prosecutors have, you are left with one of two options: accepting a plea deal or going to trial. A plea deal is often an agreement between the prosecutors and defendants which can result in a variety of outcomes. For example: if a defendant is charged with a number of crimes he or she may plead guilty to a less serious crime in order to dissolve the other charges.
In the state of Missouri, there are a few things to consider when being tried for a charge related to intoxicated driving:
- The state of Missouri has an “Implied Consent” law. Meaning, if you are stopped under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated, and deny to consent to a breathalyzer test to determine your BAC (blood alcohol content) the state’s “Implied Consent” law will ban your driving privilege for one year.
- The number of prior drunk driving offenses has a large impact on the punishment you may incur such as an increase in fines, suspension of driving privileges, or even jail time.
The Missouri state legislature recently passed Section 610.140.5 RSMo which allowed the removal of specific charges from a person’s record. This process of removing charges is called “expungement”, some of the crimes with the potential to be removed are: DUI older than 10 years, Trespassing in the first degree, Gambling or Drunkenness.
At Carson & Coil, our criminal defense attorneys work with individuals on a variety of charges on both the state and federal level. In order to properly defend our clients and achieve the best results it is required for our defense attorneys to have a strong attention to detail, as well as the ability to conduct substantial preparation and research. Our firm traces our roots over 60 years with the knowledge and experience to become one of the most trusted and respected firms in Missouri.
If you are in need of a defense lawyer for drunk driving or any criminal defense Call Carson & Coil now at 573-298-4186 or use our contact form!