Yes, a DUI Is Worth Fighting
Nov. 19, 2021
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, commonly referred to as a DWI (driving while intoxicated) in Kansas, you may feel you have to accept whatever penalties are handed down to you. However, a DUI charge in Missouri is almost always worth fighting, even if you know you were intoxicated at the time of the incident.
At Guilfoil Law Group, I’ve devoted my life’s practice to thoroughly understanding the complex and changing landscape of DUI charges, and I can offer you the best possible defense no matter what your situation is. My offices are in Kansas City, Missouri, but I serve clients anywhere in the state, including Clay, Platte, and Jackson counties.
You have options when facing a DUI charge. Call me today to set up an appointment.
Possible Penalties for DUI in Missouri
For a DUI, the criminal penalties you could be looking at are extensive. A lot depends on the severity of your charge as well as any past convictions. Common penalties are fines, fees, court costs, license suspension, jail time, or having to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in your car. Additionally, there are secondary consequences that often occur after a DUI charge such as higher insurance premiums. Having a DUI on your record could make it harder to find or keep a job if your license has been suspended. Both misdemeanor and felony DUI charges will appear on background checks.
Should I Fight My DUI?
Yes! I've taught courses on DUI laws to police and other law enforcement officers, and I’ve also devoted considerable time each week to researching the latest cases and trends in DUI law and field sobriety tests. I’ve analyzed all the ways your case can be affected by mistakes, inconsistencies, and circumstantial evidence. I’ll put my experience to work for you.
Defenses for a DUI Charge
If you were pulled over and charged with driving under the influence, you were likely subjected to a field sobriety test. While these tests can provide evidence that can be used against you, their results can often be inaccurate.
For example, if the officer performing the test made an error in its administration, the results can be compromised and therefore contested in court. Additionally, chemical tests like a breathalyzer can also be flawed depending on the type of test administered, when and how it was administered, or even if you were given incorrect instructions on how to take the test. There could also be other circumstances that falsely inflate your BAC when it was tested, such as medication or other food and drinks you may have ingested.
Getting the Experienced Legal Guidance You Need
Because of the lasting effects of a DUI conviction, it’s essential you get an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side as soon as possible. You should always fight a DUI charge, especially if your job depends on your ability to drive. Defenses against a DUI charge are often intricate and subtle, but if done correctly, you can significantly improve your chances of reduced penalties or in some cases having the charge dismissed completely. My approach is always to listen to your side of the story, research and gather evidence, and then come up with the best defense possible based on the facts.
DUI Attorney in Kansas City, Missouri
Don’t assume your case is a lost cause. The longer you wait to get legal help, the harder it will be to defend your rights and protect your livelihood. Contact Guilfoil Law Group in Kansas City, Missouri, today to talk through your options and discuss your best course of action. I serve clients in Kansas City, Missouri, and anywhere in the state, including Clay, Platte, and Jackson counties.