A DWI & A Suspended License: Know Your Risks

A question many people have in the back of their minds as they leave a bar or event is whether or not they have too much alcohol in their systems. While some people may feel confident enough to drive home, it’s harder to know what would happen if they were pulled over. Many people don’t know the penalties for being caught driving under the influence in the state of Missouri. Will I lose my license if I get a DWI in St. Louis?

The short answer is yes, you can lose your license if you get a DWI, even if it’s your first offense. For a first offense, the penalty is having your license suspended for 30 days. In addition, you face the possibility of jail time of up to six months. There may also be a fine of up to $500, and you may be required to have a in ignition interlock device installed in your car. Furthermore, refusing to take a blood alcohol content test when requested will automatically cause you to lose your license for a full year.

For a second offense, you can lose your license for one year. You may also have to pay a fine of up to $1000, and face up to one year in jail. After your driving privileges are reinstated, you may still have to have an ignition interlock device.

For a third offense, you could lose your license for ten years. You could also go to jail for up to four years and owe a fine up to $5000. After the ten years are up, you will have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car.

Driving under the influence is never worth risks, the least of which are money and license suspension. The possibility of hurting yourself or someone else is far too risky.

If you find yourself in need of legal representation as the result of a DWI, contact us. We have the experience and knowledge to guide you through this situation.