Missouri DUI/DWI Law

Missouri has specific laws in place to address drunk driving. Here is an overview of drunk driving laws in Missouri:

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits:
– For drivers aged 21 and over: BAC limit of 0.08% or higher.
– For drivers under the age of 21: Zero tolerance policy with a BAC limit of 0.02% or higher.

DWI Offenses:
– Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) refers to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
– Penalties for DWI offenses can include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, potential jail time, and the requirement to install an ignition interlock device (IID).

Ignition Interlock Device (IID):
– Missouri has a mandatory IID requirement for certain DWI offenses, including repeat offenders and individuals with aggravated DWI convictions.
– The IID is a device installed in the offender’s vehicle that measures their breath alcohol concentration (BAC) before allowing the vehicle to start.

License Suspension:
– License suspension periods for DWI offenses vary based on factors such as the driver’s BAC level, prior convictions, and other circumstances. Suspension periods can range from 30 days to several years.

Implied Consent:
– Missouri has an implied consent law, meaning drivers are required to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test if arrested for suspicion of DWI. Refusing the test can result in automatic license suspension.

Open Container Laws:
– It is illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, regardless of whether the vehicle is in motion or parked.

It’s important to note that specific circumstances and factors can impact the penalties and legal consequences of a DWI offense in Missouri. For accurate and up-to-date information, it is advisable to consult with the Missouri Department of Revenue or a legal professional specializing in DUI/DWI law in Missouri.