Need a criminal defense attorney in Kansas City for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge?The Divine Law Office, LLC offers a free consultation for clients facing charges in the Greater Kansas City Metro area, including Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte, Clay and Platte counties. Being charged with an alcohol-related driving offense is a serious matter and can affect your life for years to come. Proper representation is vital to securing a favorable outcome in your case.
The holidays are upon us, and with pandemic-related social restrictions easing, people are getting together to celebrate. Office parties, dinners with friends, and large family gatherings mean the chance to share food and drinks with those closest to us. With all that sipping and nibbling, it’s easy to lose track of how many drinks you have consumed. This is especially true for gatherings that last for several hours. You may be feeling just fine and thinking that it’s safe for you to drive home. But it is easier than you might expect to exceed the legal blood alcohol limit and end up in a world of trouble.
In both Kansas and Missouri, the limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08. For reference, in a 200 pound man, one drink can produce a BAC of .02. If consumed over an hour, it will rise to .03. It takes two hours for a single alcoholic drink to clear the bloodstream. For women, it takes even less alcohol to reach the legal limit. Knowing this, it’s easy to see how a few cups of holiday punch or spiked eggnog could end in disaster, even if you consumed them over the course of several hours. In addition, most people are unaware that you may be charged with DUI if a prescription drug you are taking impairs your driving ability.
If you’ve been charged with DUI or DWI you need a lawyer to help protect your rights and safeguard your driving privileges. Under both Kansas and Missouri law, your driving privilege will be suspended if your BAC exceeds the legal limit or if you refuse a blood alcohol test. If you want your driving privileges protected, you must request an administrative hearing within the allowed time limit. As your criminal defense attorney in Kansas City, Craig Divine can help you with this process.
Penalties for DUI are stiff, even for first-time offenders. A conviction could mean loss of your driving privilege for an extended period, jail time, fines, community service or house arrest. You could also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle in order to drive. These devices are expensive to install and also have a monthly monitoring fee. A criminal defense attorney in Kansas City who knows how to defend you against these charges can make the difference!
As a criminal defense attorney in Kansas City, Craig Divine of the Divine Law Office, LLC has years of experience defending DUI cases, in both Kansas and Missouri. You can schedule a free consultation by using our online contact form, or call us at (816) 474-2240 for an appointment. Don’t let a DUI charge ruin your holidays. Call us today!