You may find you need a defense attorney for numerous reasons. The following are a list of situations where a defense attorney may be helpful to your family and/or you. Craig M. Divine with the Divine Law Office, LLC is a defense attorney. Contact Divine Law Office, LLC today for a free consultation.
If you have been charged with an alcohol related driving offense you have very specific time frames within which you need to act to protect your rights and your driving privileges. DUI/DWI charges can carry jail time, fines and a loss of your driver’s license. To make matters even worse if you have had a prior DUI/DWI and you pick up another one you can be subjected to enhanced penalties and even felony charges. A skilled DUI/DWI lawyer can be the difference between a miserable legal experience and one that goes smoothly and with minimal negative consequences. Craig M. Divine has extensive experience in both Missouri and Kansas handling the following:
Also called driving under the influence this offense covers not only driving while drunk but also driving after taking any illicit drugs, like marijuana. DUI can also include circumstances where an individual is driving while under the influence of prescription meds, even if those meds are prescribed to you by your doctor. If you have been charged with this offense you must act quickly to request an administrative review hearing to protect your driving privileges.
Driving while intoxicated is the most common alcohol related driving offense and is most often charged if you have been drinking and operate a motor vehicle. The legal limit in both Missouri and Kansas is .08 and most individuals are shocked to discover just how easy it is to exceed this legal limit even when they don’t feel drunk at all. Like DUI if you have been charged with DWI you must act quickly to request an administrative review hearing to protect your driving privileges.
Driving while suspended charges often result from circumstances where an individual has forgotten to pay a traffic ticket or has received a DUI/DWI charge and failed to properly request an administrative review hearing to protect their driving privileges. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly simple nature of this charge, pleading guilty will result in the loss of your license for one year and can lead to felony charges after multiple offenses.
When stopped on suspicion of DUI/DWI an officer will request you submit to a breath test, if you refuse you can be subjected to a lengthy license suspension. Having proper representation can reduce or even eliminate any suspension as a result of a chemical refusal.
Administrative License Hearings
Often the first step in a DUI/DWI representation, it is in this hearing where you will first fight to keep your license. These are civil proceedings and even if you don’t get charged with a DUI/DWI you can find yourself in an administrative review hearing if you refuse a breath test.
Whether you have lost your license due to an accumulation of points on your license or because of a DUI/DWI conviction having a lawyer who knows how to navigate the license reinstatement process can get you back on the road and driving legally.
A defense attorney may be able to help you with any of the examples above.
Contact the Divine Law Office, LLC for a free consultation.
Attorney Craig M. Divine is a member of both the Missouri Bar Association and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association .