Kansas City DUI Lawyer, Larry LaVigne II…

9 Things You NEED to Know About a Greater Kansas City DUI/DWI:

  1. DUI/DWI Is Not Just a Ticket, It Is a Criminal Offense:  When you are arrested for DWI, you face both administrative penalties and criminal penalties.  It is more than a traffic offense.  You will be prosecuted by the State of Missouri.  If you are convicted of Missouri DWI, a first conviction can result in you being fined $500 and sent to jail for up to 6 months, as well as possibly being placed on probation.  These possible penalties are just for a first DWI conviction.  Things can get much worse if you are later arrested again for drinking and driving.   

  2. You Can Lose Your License:  If your breathalyzer results are over the legal limit in Missouri, and it is your first offense, you will lose your driver's license for 30 days, followed by a 60-day period of driving with a restricted license. 

  3. You May Have to Pay More for Car Insurance:  You will have to provide proof of SR-22 liability insurance before you can get your driving privileges back.  This type of car insurance is required for high risk drivers.  It can cost much more than you paid before your DWI conviction.   

  4. Fight Even if You Are Over the Legal Limit:  You can fight DWI charges even if you were above .08% BAC (blood alcohol content), which is the legal limit in Missouri. You should not give up hope of avoiding a DWI conviction, even if there is evidence that your blood alcohol content was above .08%.  Larry can give you ways to avoid a DUI/DWI conviction.   

  5. The Police Officer Must Prove “Probable Cause” To Search:  Our United States Constitution in the 4th Amendment states that you have a right against unreasonable search and seizure.  This often can be used to have the evidence in a DUI/DWI case dismissed (not used).  The police officer who arrested you must prove that there was “probable cause” to pull you over.  He or she must have had some evidence such as erratic or reckless driving or swerving.  If the police officer can’t prove “probable cause”, the judge may decide (rule) that the evidence obtained during the DUI/DWI investigation can’t be used against you. 

  6. Field Sobriety Tests Can Be Challenged:  The roadside tests which police officers use to determine whether a DUI/DWI suspect is under the influence of alcohol, such as the walk-and-turn, one-leg stand and the horizontal gaze, are entirely subject to the opinion of the officer.  Conditions such as heavy passing traffic, poor weather, gravel, inappropriate footwear and even the DUI/DWI suspect's body make up can invalidate the test results. 

  7. Breath and Blood Tests Can Be Challenged:  There are several ways breath and blood tests can be challenged so they can’t be used against you in court.  The breathalyzer maintenance and calibration records can be subpoenaed to demonstrate that the test results are faulty.  Larry can also challenge the skill of the test operator and the method used to store, transport and analyze the samples. 

  8. If You Want to Keep Your License, You Have a Limited time to Request a Hearing:  You have 15 days after your arrest to request a DWI Administrative Hearing from the Missouri Department of Revenue.  If you don’t do this in that amount of time, you can lose your driver's license.  This is separate from any criminal prosecution you may face, but Larry can be hired to represent you during the DWI Administrative Hearing. 

  9. Hire Larry Today!  Hiring an attorney is your best chance of avoiding a DUI/DWI conviction.  Being arrested and charged with DUI/DWI can be a frightening and stressful experience, and you stand to lose greatly if you are convicted. You can level the playing field and give yourself a far better chance of avoiding negative consequences by retaining a Kansas City DUI attorney, Larry LaVigne II, who will stand by you as the case progresses and fight to defend your rights.

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Archie, Austin, Baldwin Park, Belton, Cleveland, Creighton, Daugherty, Dayton, Drexel, East Lynne, Freeman, Garden City, Gunn City, Harrisonville, Jaudon, Blue Springs, Blue Summit, Buckner, Grain Valley, Grandview, Greenwood, Independence, Lake Lotawana, Lake Tapawingo, Lee's Summit, Levasy, Lone Jack, Martin City, Oak Grove, Raytown, River Bend, Sibley, Sugar Creek, Unity Village, Lake Annette, Lake Winnebago, Loch Lloyd, Martin City, Peculiar, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Riverview Estates, Strasburg, West Line, Avondale, Birmingham, Claycomo, Ectonville, Excelsior Estates, Excelsior Springs, Gladstone, Glenaire, Holt, Kansas City (KCMO), Kearney, Lawson, Liberty, Missouri City, Mosby, North Kansas City (NKC), Oaks, Oakview, Oakwood, Oakwood Park, Pleasant Valley, Prathersville, Randolph, Smithville, Sugar Creek, Camden Point, Dearborn, East Leavenworth, Edgerton, Farley, Ferrelview, Houston Lake, Iatan, Lake Waukomis, Northmoor, Parkville, Platte City, Platte Woods, Ridgely, Riverside, Tracy, Waldron, Weatherby Lake and Weston.

219 E 12th St
Kansas City, MO
816-266-8831
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