Penalties Tighten With Each DWI Conviction

Lawmakers hope that tough penalties for a first DWI offense will teach you a lesson. But things happen. If police pull you over a second time with just the smell of beer on your breath, your life could get complicated fast.

If you think you can handle the legal process because of your previous experience with a DWI, think again. The kind of experience you need for a repeat DWI comes from years of proven success in fighting complex alcohol-related charges. I'm attorney Jeff Eastman, partner at the Law Office of Keleher & Eastman in Gladstone, and I have defended the rights of residents of Kansas City metro for over 20 years. Contact me at 816-452-6030 to see how I can assist you.

Second Offense DWI

No matter how long ago your first DWI conviction occurred, the second one will result in a one-year suspension of your driver's license. If your second DWI occurs within five years of your first, the penalties include:

  • License suspension for five years
  • Between 48 hours and one year in jail
  • Fines that are double what you paid for your first offense
  • Mandatory ignition interlock services at your expense
  • Mandatory completion of a substance abuse program before you can reinstate your license

You can also expect your insurance rates to soar unless your insurer cancels your policy altogether.

Subsequent DWI Offenses

Penalties escalate quickly if you are convicted of three or more DWIs. A third DWI in your lifetime is a class D felony, and each conviction after that is a more serious felony count. In addition to the potential for a lifetime of hardships a felony offers, you may face the following consequences:

  • Year in prison, increasing with each offense
  • Fines climbing to thousands of dollars
  • Weeks or months of community service
  • License revocation for 10 years or more
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device, traffic offender classes and substance abuse counseling

As you can see, there are a lot of "if-then" in DWI law. Often it is a delicate balancing act, requiring the insight and experience of a lawyer who is skilled, methodical and never afraid to take your case to trial.

Aggressive Representation For Repeat Offenders

You have no time to lose. Hesitating may jeopardize critical evidence and complicate your situation. The surest way to avoid the harsh consequences is to keep the conviction off your record. Allow me to help you by calling 816-452-6030 or contacting our Gladstone, Missouri, offices online for a free evaluation of your case.