The DUI/DWI Attorneys of The Law Firm of Haden & Colbert defend clients who have been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).
Our attorneys represent clients in all counties across Mid-Missouri. Whether you were charged in Columbia, MO, inside Boone County, or outside of Boone County, contact our DUI/DWI defense lawyers today for expert legal counsel.
In any DUI/DWI case, it is imperative to seek counsel immediately. Also, since a decision should be made quickly, it is important that you work with attorneys that have experience and that you trust to work hard to defend you and your rights. If you are under the age of 21, read more on our Minor in Possession (MIP) defense page, and contact us for help today.
Columbia, MO DUI/DWI Defense Lawyers
Our DUI/DWI defense attorneys are experienced in DUI/DWI defense and have successfully defended many clients across the state of Missouri.
DUI/DWI charges are taken very seriously in the court of law and can result in jail time, suspension of driver’s license and heavy fines. Not to mention, a DUI/DWI arrest can stay on your record for a long time, affecting your ability to find work or participate in activities that require a background check.
What to Expect After a DUI/DWI Sentence
In Missouri and every state in the country, DUIs have serious consequences for people found guilty. We will work as best we can to represent you for the best possible outcome, but it is important to have realistic expectations about this serious offense.
Below are just a few of the potential consequences that may come from a DUI/DWI sentence.
1. It is going to be expensive
DUI/DWIs often come with a host of fees beyond court and attorney costs. A convicted DUI/DWI offender will generally be subjected to a hefty fine as part of the verdict. On top of that, if you lose your license, you will need to find and pay for other means of transportation during your suspension. If and when you get your license back, you can also expect your insurance premiums to go up significantly. Additionally, you may be required to pay for driving school, evaluations or substance abuse treatments, depending on the court’s decision.
2. You’ll face a probation period
Even first-time offenders will often face a period of probation that can range in length, depending on your circumstances and the sentencing judge. If the judge orders probation, this typically comes with another cost to cover administration and supervision.
3. You’ll take an evaluation and education program
As part of most convictions, you’ll be required to be evaluated by a counselor regarding your substance abuse patterns. You’ll also likely be required to attend (and pay for) an alcohol education program. These programs can be time-intensive and expensive, but the reinstatement of your driving privileges will be dependent on whether or not you complete them.
4. It will stay on your record
Regardless of whether or not you face jail time or complete your required programs, a Missouri DUI/DWI sentence will stay on your record for 10 years, which can negatively impact any number of areas of your life. In some cases for first-time offenders, expungement may be possible. Working with an experienced attorney will increase your chances of cleaning up your record after a DUI/DWI.
Should You Get a Lawyer for Your First DUI?
The consequences above are just a few of the potential consequences of a DUI/DWI conviction. If you want to ensure the negative impacts of your conviction are minimized to their greatest possible extent, you should have an experienced lawyer on your side. Attorneys understand the court system and can use their training in your favor to get you the best outcome for your case.
At the Law Firm of Haden & Colbert, every DUI/DWI client that we represent, we use our experience and knowledge of DUI/DWI laws to build the strongest criminal defense possible. We know how to effectively present evidence and use our knowledge of the law to reduce the negative consequences that typically come with any DUI/DWI charge.
Contact an Experienced DUI/DWI Attorney
The Law Firm of Haden & Colbert was founded on the philosophy of providing a client-centered approach when offering legal advice and representation to our clients. Do you need legal help with a DUI/DWI case? We’re here for you. Schedule your free initial consultation today.