Posts tagged "DUI/DWI"

Are DUI checkpoints legal in Missouri?

As a driver in Missouri, you may be familiar with DUI checkpoints. Law enforcement departments may set up these checkpoints with the intent to catch people who are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. While sobriety checkpoints are legal in Missouri, under both federal and state laws, state funding for checkpoints has decreased significantly over the years. Some law enforcement departments have turned to using saturation patrol as an alternative to DUI checkpoints. However, some people are petitioning the state to reconsider the decreased budget and reinstate more DUI checkpoints.

What is an ignition interlock device?

If you have been charged and convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Missouri, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. In Missouri, and in many other states across the nation, there are certain repercussions following a DUI. In a case where there is a first-time offender, the judge may use his or her discretion when ordering use of an ignition interlock device. When you have more than one DUI charge, you must have a device installed in your vehicle for at least six months once you get your driver’s license reinstated. What are ignition interlock devices and how do they keep you from driving under the influence?

How can a DWI conviction negatively impact your life?

No one wants to receive a DWI conviction. Not only could such it result in your spending considerable time in a Missouri jail or prison, it could also result in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. In addition, as FindLaw explains, a DWI conviction could negatively impact your life in other ways as well. For instance, it could keep you from obtaining and/or keeping the jobs of your choice.

Are breath test results accurate?

If you have ever been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Missouri, you may have been asked to take breath test. Law officers often use roadside breath tests to determine whether you are driving under the influence of alcohol. The problem lies in the fact that breath test results are not always accurate, and in some cases, the false results may lead to a wrongful DUI charge.

How can I treat an alcohol addiction?

If you’ve recently been charged with a DUI in Missouri, your problems may extend beyond the legal. In many cases, a DUI charge indicates a serious problem with alcohol, which can impact your personal life, your work, and even the state of your health. Getting the appropriate treatment is crucial in this case, and fortunately, there are a lot of options available. WebMD explains how you can receive help for alcohol abuse issues.

What are ignition interlock devices?

If you have been charged and convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. Interlock devices are designed to keep you from driving while drunk. Once an interlock device is installed in your vehicle, you are restricted from driving if you have a blood alcohol content level that is above a certain, preset limit.

Are roadside breath tests really accurate?

If you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer in Missouri, you may be asked to submit to a roadside breath test. These devices are used to determine whether you are driving with a blood alcohol content level that is over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The problem lies in the fact that many of these breath test devices do not always yield accurate results. Inflated results could cause you to be wrongfully charged and potentially convicted of a DUI.