One DWI Charge Can Have Lifelong Consequences
At Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP, we have successfully handled murder, securities fraud and conspiracy charge cases involving nationally known defendants. Yet we understand that when you are charged with drunk driving in St. Louis, you need the same level of commitment and diligence afforded to higher-level charges.
We are veterans of more than 200 jury trials. Additionally, we have handled thousands of DUI cases through negotiations. For aggressive legal help following drunk driving charges in Missouri or Illinois, contact one of St. Louis’s top criminal defense firms.
The criminal defense attorneys of Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP have 100-plus years of combined drunk driving defense experience. Contact us today at (314) 354-8484 for knowledgeable and vigorous legal help.
Long-Term Drunk Driving Consequences
A drunk driving conviction can have a huge impact on your life and could result in jail time, fines, loss of your license, community service and a long-lasting criminal record.
In Missouri, if you are charged with drunk driving, you have a limited number of days before your drivers’ license is automatically suspended. A felony drunk driving conviction, which can result from two prior DUI convictions or two prior alcohol-related offenses, can lead to even more serious penalties.
In Missouri, first and second DUI/DWI charges are frequently charged as misdemeanors, but some factors that can elevate a misdemeanor DUI/DWI to a felony DUI include:
- The driver does not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident
- The driver is under the influence with children in the car (minors under the age of 16)
- The driver does not have insurance at the time of the arrest
- The driver has an extremely high blood alcohol count (BAC) at the time of arrest (in Missouri, an aggravated DWI can be charged for having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15% or higher at the time of arrest)
Whether you are facing a first or third DUI/DWI charge, or a felony drunk driving charge, our skilled DWI and DUI defense lawyers are here to help. We can review all available evidence, including police reports, breathalyzer test results and breathalyzer machine maintenance records, and can help ensure that your rights are protected.
For more information on our firm or the drunk driving cases we have handled, please contact us today.
Breathalyzers And Field Sobriety Tests
If you are pulled over in Missouri for suspected drunk driving, one of the first things that the police officer is likely to ask is for you to exit the vehicle and perform a field sobriety test and blow into a breathalyzer device. While you do need to exit the vehicle, it’s important to keep in mind that you do not legally have to submit to a breathalyzer or field sobriety test, and you have the right to remain silent and request an attorney. Denying the tests can result in a longer suspension of an individual’s driver’s license, but can make it easier for your charges to be brought down by an attorney since the officer will have less evidence to support a drunk driving case against you.
A History Of Successful Drunk Driving Defense
A first drunk driving conviction usually comes as a shock. When you face a felony DWI charge, which can result from two prior DUI convictions or two prior alcohol-related offenses, it can feel like your life as you know it is over.
We can help. It is true that a first DUI conviction can lead to jail time, a criminal record, fines and the loss of your driver’s license, and multiple offenses can greatly increase penalties. Often, though, an experienced criminal defense attorney can effectively fight to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
The criminal defense attorneys of Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP have handled thousands of felony DUI charges. Additionally, we have handled more than 200 criminal jury trials. Our track record includes countless successes, including not-guilty verdicts.
We Leave No Stone Unturned
Information on which to build a strong defense lies in the evidence. A recent case illustrates our effectiveness in handling felony and high-profile DWI charges. Our client was renowned football player Leonard Little, who faced charges of DWI involving an accident and a fatality. We handled Mr. Little’s full range of charges in a jury trial and achieved a not-guilty verdict.
Contact Our Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys
DUI/DWI charges can have serious consequences without the help of an attorney. We have 100-plus years of combined experience in criminal defense cases and can prepare an effective defense and work diligently to protect your rights and produce the best possible outcome for your case.
To schedule a no-charge consultation with a firm that has successfully helped thousands of individuals in St. Louis with their DUI/DWI cases, contact Rogers Sevastianos & Bante LLP today. Call (314) 354-8484 to get started. We are available for evening and weekend appointments upon request, and our offices are conveniently located next door to the St. Louis County Jail.