LAW OFFICE OF
9666 Olive Blvd
St. Louis, MO
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
DWI DEFENSE LAWYER
DUI DEFENSE LAWYER
You have been arrested and charged with a DWI or DUI.
What do you do now?
What is going to happen to your drivers license?
Will you still be allowed to drive?
Are you going to go to Jail?
Who do you call for the legal help you need?
Those are just some of the questions you may have.
A DWI (Driving while intoxicated) offense is taken very seriously in the State of Missouri and the St. Louis County Area. You need a St. Louis DWI Defense Lawyer who is equally as serious and dedicated to provide you the best possible outcome for your case.
Douglas Richards is an aggressive St. Louis DWI Defense Lawyer. For the past 28 years, he has successfully defended people who have been charged with DWI - Driving While Intoxicated and/or DUI - Driving Under the Influence throughout the areas of St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, Jefferson County and other areas in the State of Missouri. If you or a family member have been charged with DWI or DUI, you deserve to have an experienced and dedicated DWI Defense Lawyer on your side. Call today to discuss the details and to set up a free case evaluation of the facts of your case at either:
You Have Been Arrested and Charged with a DWI. What is going to happen to your drivers license?
When you are charged with a DWI or DUI in the State of Missouri, you technically have two separate DWI cases pending against you that are going on at the same time.
The first DWI case is the criminal charge brought against you in the City or County where you were arrested in. The criminal DWI - DUI case is handled by the Prosecuting Attorney for that specific City or County area. The Prosecuting Attorney has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are found guilty under the Criminal DWI case, your license would be suspended for points, you could be sentenced to jail and/or be ordered to pay a large fine. This is why you need an experienced DWI Defense Lawyer on your side. Some of the possible defenses that can be raised are whether there was an invalid initial stop by the police; whether Improper Field Sobriety Tests were performed; whether Improper Breath Test Procedures were followed; whether there are Inadmissible Breath Test Result; or whether there was a knowing Breath or Chemical Test Refusal. A skilled and experience DWI Lawyer knows what to look for in the specific facts of your case and will develop the most effective defense strategies that will help your chance of obtaining a favorable outcome.
The other DWI case is civil proceeding brought against you by the Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. The civil case is called an Administrative Alcohol Suspension. The civil DWI case involves whether you blew over the legal limit of .08% or whether you refused to submit to a chemical test.
If you submitted to the breath test, you have 15 days after your arrest to request an Administrative Hearing or it is waived and your drivers license will be automatically suspended for a period of 90 days if it is your first DWI Case. To avoid this suspension you must request Administrative Hearing or contact a DWI Defense Lawyer who will fill out the paperwork for you and send it to the Department of Revenue within this 15 day time period. You then will be issued a temporary driving permit that will allow you to continue to drive while your Administrative Hearing is pending.
If you refused the breath or chemical test, a DWI Defense Lawyer can file a "Petition for Review" and obtain a "Stay Order", if it is your first DWI offense, that will allow you to continue to drive while your case is pending. A skilled and experience DWI Defense Lawyer will look into the facts of your case and develop the most effective defense strategies to help you obtain the most favorable outcome.
What Should I Look For In A Defense Lawyer to Handle My DWI?
First, look for a Defense Lawyer who has extensive experience in handling DWI cases. You need to choose a Defense Lawyer who handles DWI cases on a daily basis. You would not choose your family doctor when you need heart surgery. You go to a heart surgeon if you want the best result possible. And you also want to have the heart surgeon who has years of experience in doing heart surgeries. The same is true with a DWI Charge. When you need the best result, make sure you go to an experienced DWI Defense Lawyer who has years of handling cases and developing successful defense strategies that can be used in your case.
Second, look for a Defense Lawyer who will give you the personal attention that your case deserves. This means being able to deal directly with your lawyer, and not some staff person from the lawyer's office. Having face to face meetings. Being able to contact your lawyer when you need to. Being able to call him on his cell phone or text him if you have any kind of question. Personal service. You need a Defense Lawyer who will take the time to get to know you, and is willing to spend the necessary time developing the facts of your case in order to obtain the best result possible for you.
Attorney at Law
9666 Olive Blvd., Ste. 365
St. Louis, MO 63132
Professional Associations, Awards and Certifications
Graduated from Washington University Law School, 1986.
Licensed Attorney in the State of Missouri since 1986.
Over 28 years of experience.
Member of the following Organizations:
MACDL - The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
NACDL - The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
The Missouri Society for Justice - formerly known as "FUDOR"
Regularly Attends DWI/DUI Legal Seminars:
MACDL - The Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar -
NACDL - DWI DUI Seminar - Law Vegas
AREAS OF PRACTICE
DWI - DUI DEFENSE LAW
Driving While Intoxicated
Driving Under the Influence
Breath Test Refusal Cases
Administrative DOR Cases
Felony DWI Cases
Misdemeanor DWI Cases
Motorcycle DWI Cases
Underage Drinking DWI Cases
Improper Field Sobriety Test Cases
Douglas Richards, DWI Attorney - DWI Lawyer, has been successfully defending clients throughout the State of Missouri and in the areas of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, and cities such as Arnold, Ballwin, Breckenridge Hills, Brentwood, Bridgeton, Charlack, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Clayton, Cottleville, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Dellwood, Des Peres, Ellisville, Eureka, Fenton, Florissant, Frontenac, Glendale, Hazelwood, Hillsboro, Jennings, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, Manchester, Maplewood, Maryland Heights, O'Fallon, Olivette, Overland, Pacific, Richmond Heights, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, St. Ann, St. John, St. Peters, St. Charles City, Sunset Hills, Town and Country, Union, University City, Valley Park, Webster Groves, Wentzville and Wildwood.
Call me anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at either:
ATTORNEY AT LAW
9666 OLIVE BLVD., STE. 365
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63132
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