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It is common knowledge that drinking and driving is illegal, but not everyone is as familiar with the illegal nature of driving under the influence of drugs. In Missouri, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) is a crime punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $500. If you were arrested on these charges, it is important to work with an experienced Springfield DWI and drugs attorney who can fight for you.
Problems With Accusations of This Crime
Unlike alcohol, there are no ready-made tests to detect a certain amount of drugs within a person’s system. If a police officer decides you are guilty of impaired driving, it’s likely to be their word over yours, regardless of the circumstances. Our team can help you build a defense to tell your side of the story and avoid suffering serious criminal consequences.
Cole & Martin Attorneys at Law, LLC can:
- Examine the circumstances surrounding your arrest
- Suppress any evidence that was obtained unlawfully
- Demand conclusive proof that you were inebriated
- Fight for the best sentence for the conduct in question
- Explore alternative sentencing options for your future
What Happens After Your First DUI in Missouri?
Under Missouri state law, drivers can be charged with a DUI if they're found to be operating a vehicle in an 'intoxicated condition.' A driver is considered intoxicated if they:
- Are under the influence of any combination of drugs, alcohol, or controlled substances.
- Have an excessive blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .04% or more for commercial drivers and .08% or more for all other drivers.
Penalties for a First DUI Offense
A DWI is considered a first offense if the driver has no other charges within the last five years and no more than one DWI conviction in their lifetime. Additionally, a first offense is typically a class B misdemeanor and can have the following consequences:
- Jail time: Maximum sentence of six months.
- Fines: Up to $1,000 of fines as well as court fees.
- Driver’s license suspensions: 30 days if the driver has no prior convictions followed by 60 days of restrictions.
- Ignition interlock devices (IIDs): Possible as a result of a restricted license.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Now
Once you are charged with a crime, you need to begin building your defense as soon as possible. Cole & Martin Attorneys at Law, LLC can speak with prosecutors on your behalf to request evidence and find out more about what happened in your arrest. Many times, investigating your case will reveal clues that can help us gain an advantage on your behalf. Let us fight for you.
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