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Client with 4th DWI Arrest Gets No Conviction Probation (SIS)

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on April 21, 2014

A client of our firm, M.A., was driving his car in North County in the early morning when he approached a red light.  He attempted to apply his breaks but slid into the intersection striking another car that was passing through the intersection.  As the police arrived on the scene they observed our client running…

Trouble With Alcohol Breath Tests

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on March 10, 2014

When a person in the State of Missouri gets pulled over for DWI they are typically asked to take a breath test after their arrest.  Most people don’t realize that although the breath analysis machines are maintained by the police department they are regulated by the Department of Health and Senior Services.  The Department of…

NTSB Makes Surprising Move Regarding Lower BAC Limits

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on August 11, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board announced last month that it would push for states to lower their legal BAC limits. The move, a surprise to many experts, is aimed at lowering the legal limit from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. In Missouri, the current limit for impaired driving is a 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration….

Field Sobriety Tests Get Increased Attention

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on May 29, 2013

A recent case out of Tennessee has created some buzz in the criminal defense world given the spotlight it places on the proper weight of field sobriety tests. The Tennessee Supreme Court recently decided to hear the case, Tennessee v. David Bell, and will issue an opinion regarding how much importance field sobriety tests should…

Confusing Missouri v. McNeely Opinion Released By U.S. Supreme Court

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on May 27, 2013

The Supreme Court released its opinion in Missouri v. McNeely yesterday, a closely watched case not only here in Missouri but across the country. The reason the case was able to generate so much attention is that its result could lead to important changes in how police officers conduct blood tests following an arrest on…

States Increasingly Concerned About Repeat Drunk Drivers

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on May 19, 2013

There has been an increasing emphasis placed on getting repeat drunk drivers off of Missouri roadways as more and more stories get attention across the country of drivers who had been previously arrested who then go on to hurt or kill others in second or third drunk driving incidents. Just last week a man in…

Is Driving On Drugs The Same As Driving Drunk In Missouri?

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on March 17, 2013

Everyone knows that DWI laws make it illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There’s a very clear line for measuring how much alcohol drivers are permitted to have in their system before they are deemed legally intoxicated, 0.08 percent. Something that would surprise many people in Missouri is that, in…

Missouri Measure Makes Refusing To Submit To Breath Test A Crime

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on March 8, 2013

Missouri State Representative Don Phillips recently proposed a potentially important bit of legislation, which, if enacted, could seriously change existing Missouri DUI law. The legislation, known as House Bill No. 461, says that those who refuse to submit to a chemical test will now be charged with a crime. Specifically, the bill states that those…

What’s A Suspended Imposition Of Sentence In A DWI Case?

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on March 4, 2013

In Missouri, if you’ve been pulled over for drinking and driving you may not realize that there are other options besides receiving a standard DWI conviction. One such option, assuming it is your first offense, is to try and negotiate a Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS). A SIS is a way of pleading guilty to…

Penalties For DWI/DUI In Missouri

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on February 18, 2013

If you or someone you know has run into trouble with the law regarding drinking and driving, you may be wondering about the penalties associated with a DUI/DWI conviction. Though the penalties are fairly uniform, they increase according to the number of times you have had such an alcohol-related conviction, becoming progressively harsher each time….

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