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Columbia, MO DWI Lawyer

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) charges can be extremely serious. These charges can follow you for the rest of your life if they’re not handled properly, impairing your ability to have a license, become employed, or gain other vital government privileges. You can also face significant jail time and heavy fines, further limiting your ability to live a normal, productive life. If you’ve been convicted of a DUI or DWI, you need to contact a Columbia, MO DWI lawyer right away.

The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. If you plan on contacting one, make sure to not admit to any guilt during your conviction. Remember, you have a legal right to speak to an attorney and not anyone else at this point, so take advantage of that fact and say as little as possible. Don’t agree to any tests you’re not comfortable with, and try and find a witness who can speak on your behalf if at all possible.

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Understanding Missouri DWI Laws

If you are facing DWI charges in the state of Missouri, you should know there are two factors to every case:

  • The first factor involves an administrative review regarding your license suspension. In Missouri, you must request an administrative review of your DWI arrest within 15 days of your arrest. If you do not request this review, then you will receive an automatic suspension of your license. A lawyer will be able to help you complete this step in time—even if you end up getting served with jail time.
  • The other factor involves the criminal case which results from your arrest. This involves defending your case in court to fight against a conviction on your record. In addition to investigating the facts of your arrest for your administrative hearing, your criminal case may involve extensive discovery, hearings, motions, and a trial.

It’s important to remember that your rights should absolutely be defended, no matter the charges. After a DWI conviction, it can be easy to feel angry or guilty and just accept your charges at face value, but every American citizen—guilty or not—deserves a fair defense trial.

It may be possible that you were convicted unfairly, deserve a shorter sentence or less fines due to your intoxication level at the time and/or the lack of any previous convictions, or the breathalyzer tests you took part in were mishandled. DWI expungement is also a possibility depending on the specifics of your case. There are many legal opportunities available depending on the severity of your conviction.

The only way to know if any of these opportunities or conditions will apply to your case is to speak to a criminal defense lawyer and see what type of evidence is in your favor. An experienced attorney will be able to look at the evidence and argue fairly on your behalf. A successful trial can give you back your freedom and return you to your loved ones.

Take Appropriate Action with a Columbia, MO DWI Lawyer

It’s no secret that the U.S. police system unfairly convicts innocent citizens of crimes every day. The police tend to come down extremely hard on intoxicated drivers—harder than they need to in many cases, especially those who have been convicted of their first DWI charge. If you feel you were wrongly convicted of a DWI or DUI or that your charges are too severe given your situation, you deserve a second opinion.

Don’t hesitate to speak to a skilled and experienced Columbia, MO DWI lawyer from Thomas Law Offices to find out your legal options. Remember, time is of the essence regarding your license suspension. Call our offices today to learn more. If you need a license re-instatement, we can help you in that regard as well.

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Meet Our Founder

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

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