As a former Municipal Court Prosecutor and County Prosecutor in Missouri, law firm co-founder Tony Miller filed lawsuits against drivers criminally charged with DWI’s and participated in the training of police officers in the detection and testing of impaired drivers.
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At Troppito Miller Griffin, LLC, We Give You Missouri DWI Answers…
What Makes a Police Officer Stop Me to Check for Drunk Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs?
Police officers look for indications of drug and alcohol intoxication as a reason to stop you. Some of the things an officer in Missouri looks for includes:
Swerving your automobile
Driving too slowly
Taking turns faster than normal
Police officers look to see if you are breaking a traffic law. Some of the Missouri traffic law violations an officer looks for includes:
A broken tail light
Brake lights that don’t work properly
Running a red light
Failing to stop at a stop sign
Police officers can stop you at a valid check point in the Kansas City area. In order for a police check point stop to be valid, the check point must meet several constitutional legal requirements.
What Will a Police Officer Use Against Me If I am Stopped?
Fumbling for your driver’s license, insurance card or vehicle registration
Slurring your words while talking with the police officer
If the police officer smells alcohol on your breath
If when the police officer shines his or her flashlight in your eyes, your eyes do not react properly
If when the police officer asks if you have been drinking, you say something like, “I just had one beer with dinner”.
If the Police Officer Decides to Continue His or Her Investigation, What Will Happen?
The police officer may ask you to perform certain physical tests (called “field sobriety tests”) like saying the alphabet backwards, touching your finger tip to your nose or walking a straight line.
The police officer may ask you to submit to a chemical test (called a “breathalyzer”).
The police officer may ask you to go with him or her to have your blood drawn in Missouri.
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What Can Happen If I Am Found Guilty of Driving While
Intoxicated In Missouri?
You can have to pay a money fine.
You can go to jail.
You can lose your license for one year or more.
You can be required to do community service.
Your car insurance rates will go up.
You can be forced to buy expensive SR-22 car insurance.
You can be forced to participate in SATOP (Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program).
You can be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car.
If you are found guilty a third time of DWI, you will be facing felony charges with more serious punishments.
If I Refused the Physical, Chemical or Blood Test, Will I Lose My Driver’s License in Missouri?
Most of the time the test that is the one that will make you lose your license is the one that may be administered at a police station; however, some agencies have portable breath instruments that they can administer in the field.
In some circumstances, the refusal of the breath test can be challenged in court and we can negotiate the return of your license if you qualify for a diversion in a select number of counties. It is important that you contact us as soon as possible to make sure that we can review the case and make a recommendation about what to do to try to save your license. We may suggest filing a civil lawsuit to stay the discipline of your privileges and keep you driving while we litigate the case. In some instances, the lawyer for the Department of Revenue (the local prosecutor represents the DOR in refusal cases) may agree to a diversion that will allow your driving record to be as clean as it was before the incident and allow you to not miss a day of driving.
What is SATOP?
SATOP is the Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program. If your Missouri driver’s license is suspended after a DWI, you will have to complete SATOP before being allowed to drive again (called “reinstated”).
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock device is a breath-testing device that is installed in your car and is connected to the ignition, horn and headlights. In order to drive, you must not have been drinking.
What Should I Do If I am Arrested for a Missouri DWI?
Call us immediately so we can protect your rights.
Bring your forms you received from the police officer when you meet with us.
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