Alcohol Convictions for DWI
(Statutory References: 302.302, 577.010, and 577.012, RSMo)
First Offense DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
Conviction of a First Offense DWI is a Class B misdemeanor.
JAIL: Up to a maximum of six (6) months imprisonment.
FINE: Up to $500.00. Court costs may also be between $10.00 and $100.00.
PROBATION: The general terms of probation are no drinking, do not break the law, attend SATOP classes, etc. Probation is typically a minimum of 2 years. A conviction with probation is commonly referred to as a "Suspended Imposition of Sentence" or SIS.
SUSPENSION OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES: A criminal conviction of a first time DUI results in a 30-day suspension of driving privileges followed by a 60-day restriction to driving only to and from work, in the course of employment, or to alcohol treatment. There are no hardships or exemptions available. This suspension goes on the person's driving record. The court may also require that a person be restricted to driving a motor vehicle which has an ignition interlock device while on probation. The device costs $50.00-100.00 to install and $50.00-$75.00 per month to maintain. A conviction will result in 8 points being assessed against the driver's license, along with an additional 30, 60 or 90 day suspension for accumulation of points, depending on if it is your 1st, 2nd or 3rd suspension for points.
We are Missouri lawyers in St. Louis who specialize in First Offense DWI cases. If you or someone you love are facing a DWI charge for the first time, please contact a Missouri DWI lawyer as soon as your arrest takes place. Our Firm will fully investigate your case before recommending any disposition.
Please note: We have not yet updated this site to include the 2010 changes to the DWI laws in Missouri. We are in the process of drafting updated content for publication very shortly. In any event, if you have been charged with a DWI, time is of the essence, and you should contact a Missouri DWI attorney immediately upon being arrested for DWI in order to know your rights and preserve them.