Traffic Law & DWI

In Missouri, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a criminal offense, with the potential for serious consequences including a driver’s license suspension, fines, probation or even jail time. In addition, people convicted of DWI could face collateral consequences such as loss of a job, an inability to obtain a professional license or being barred from travel to certain countries. These significant penalties make it critically important that you contact an experienced DWI defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.

I represent clients in St. Louis County and the surrounding areas who have been charged with DWI, speeding, driving on a suspended license and other traffic offenses. I provide personalized legal representation at reasonable rates. At our first meeting, I will offer you a realistic analysis of your case, making sure that you understand the potential outcomes of your case and your options. I will assist you with developing the best defenses to the charges against you and work to negotiate the best disposition. Whenever necessary, we will go to court to protect your legal rights and freedom

I also assist clients with seeking the expungement of a DWI conviction from their record. To qualify for a DWI expungement in Missouri, the following criteria must be satisfied: 

  1. The DWI must be your first and only alcohol-related driving offense and must have been a misdemeanor or a county or city ordinance violation that is not a conviction for driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; 
  2. 10 years must have passed since the guilty plea or conviction;  
  3. Once you were convicted or plead guilty to the DWI, you must not have been convicted of any other alcohol-related driving offense and have no subsequent alcohol-related enforcement contacts; and 
  4. You must have no other alcohol-related driving charges or alcohol-related enforcement actions pending at the time of the expungement hearing. 

If you believe that you are eligible for a DWI expungement, contact the Ross Law Firm, LLC to discuss your situation.

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Missouri DWI Laws

In Missouri, it is a crime to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) for adults age 21 or older is .08 percent. This means that if the police stop you on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and a chemical breath or blood test reveals a BAC of .08 or higher, you could be charged with DWI.  If you are under the age of 21, on DWI probation or are driving a commercial vehicle, the legal limit is lower and the penalties for a DWI arrest are more severe.

Because a first-time DWI is a misdemeanor offense, many people may be tempted to plead guilty to the charge to move forward with their lives.  However, a DWI conviction will be on your criminal record and could negatively impact your life. In addition to the potential legal consequences issued by the court, a DWI conviction will result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license. You will also be required to obtain high-risk car insurance, which is often more expensive than regular automobile insurance. A suspended license can make it difficult to get to work, go to school or fulfill your family obligations.  

A knowledgeable Missouri DWI defense attorney can assist you with investigating and developing potential defenses to the DWI charge, which may reduce or eliminate these potential consequences. Your attorney could argue that the police did not have probable cause to stop you on suspicion of driving under the influence or that your rights were violated during the stop. A lawyer can argue that the chemical test was administered improperly, or that there is a medical or scientific basis for a false positive BAC reading.  This assistance from an experienced DWI attorney will help you understand the process and could help you obtain a favorable disposition. 

Traffic Law and DWI Attorney in West County, Missouri

For anyone facing a traffic violation or DWI charge in West County, I will skillfully represent you to protect your legal rights and your freedom. Through a careful analysis of the facts of your case and negotiation with the prosecuting attorney, I will work to achieve the best possible result for your case. Contact our office to learn more about how I can help you, or to schedule a consultation.