Columbia, Missouri Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers
People accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI), turn to the law firm of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer for defense representation. Whether this is your first time facing a drunk driving charge or you have been through this before, our attorneys are ready to defend you.
With more than 100 years of combined experience serving people in Columbia and throughout Missouri, you can be certain in our ability to defend you. Our team includes former public defenders, former prosecutors and former associate judges. We know criminal defense, and we know how to defend you, no matter how challenging your case may seem.
Call one of our experienced lawyers today for quality representation on a DWI charge. You can schedule a free consultation at our office in Columbia, Missouri, by calling 573-442-1660.
A DWI Is A Serious Offense With Serious Consequences
Even for first offenders, the penalties that go along with a conviction are severe. They can include up to $500 in fines and up to six months in jail. There is also an administrative side to these cases. First-time offenders run the risk of a suspended license for 30 days followed by 60 days of restricted privileges. Someone who fails to submit to a breath test faces a yearlong license suspension.
There are also less obvious impacts, not the least of which are increased insurance rates and having a DWI on your record. You may be required to have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle to test your breath for alcohol each time you start your car. Your penalty also may require you to participate in a Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP).
Penalties become increasingly severe with each conviction. A person convicted twice within 10 years will face felony charges if accused again, and the potential penalties of a felony DWI conviction are life-changing. Our attorneys are passionate about defending against all misdemeanor and felony drunk driving charges. A third DWI conviction, over any time period, will likely result in a felony conviction.
We Will Challenge The Evidence And Complete Our Own Investigation
The evidence against you may not be as solid as it seems. We will review to determine if field sobriety tests and breath tests were performed properly. If they were not, we will see that this evidence is thrown out. We are willing to fight in order to get a positive outcome.
Under Missouri law, there are different charges that can result from drinking and driving. Besides the charge of driving while intoxicated, you can be charged with driving with excessive blood alcohol content or the crime of consuming alcohol in a moving motor vehicle.
If you have been charged with DWI, contact us today. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers are ready to review your case and educate you about how they can help. Call us at 573-442-1660 or send us an email for a case evaluation.