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Missouri DWI Penalties

Missouri treats driving while intoxicated (DWI) as a serious offense and has established penalties that escalate with each subsequent DWI conviction. The penalties for DWI convictions in Missouri are determined by factors such as the number of prior DWI convictions, the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of arrest, and other specific circumstances of the offense.

Here’s an overview of the penalties for DWI in Missouri:

1. First-time DWI:
Criminal Classification: Class B misdemeanor.
Jail: Up to 6 months.
Fines: Up to $1,000.
License Suspension: 30-day suspension followed by a 60-day restricted driving period.
Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP): Mandatory participation and completion.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID): May be required for full reinstatement of driving privileges.

2. Second DWI:
Criminal Classification: Class A misdemeanor.
Jail: Up to 1 year.
Fines: Up to $2,000.
License Revocation: 1 year.
SATOP: Mandatory participation and completion.
IID: Required for full reinstatement of driving privileges after revocation period.
Vehicle Confiscation: Possible.

3. Third DWI:
Criminal Classification: Class E felony.
Jail: Up to 4 years.
Fines: Up to $10,000.
License Revocation: 10 years.
SATOP: Mandatory participation and completion.
IID: Required for full reinstatement of driving privileges after revocation period.
Vehicle Confiscation: Possible.

4. Fourth or Subsequent DWI:
Criminal Classification: Class C felony.
Jail: Up to 7 years.
Fines: Up to $10,000.
License Revocation: 10 years.
SATOP: Mandatory participation and completion.
IID: Required for full reinstatement of driving privileges after revocation period.
Vehicle Confiscation: Possible.

5. Aggravated Offenders:
– For those with prior alcohol-related offenses, the penalties are harsher and can include longer jail terms and more extensive fines.

6. Chronic Offenders:
– For those with multiple prior convictions, the penalties can be even more severe, including longer periods of incarceration.

7. DWI Resulting in Physical Injury or Death:
– If a DWI results in injury or death, the penalties are significantly more severe and can include felony charges, longer prison sentences, and substantial fines.

8. Other Considerations:
– Drivers refusing a BAC test can face a 1-year license revocation under Missouri’s implied consent law.
– A restricted driving privilege (RDP) or a limited driving privilege (LDP) may be available under certain circumstances, often requiring an IID.

It’s important to note that these are general guidelines. Specific penalties can vary based on the details of each case. Additionally, Missouri laws and penalties can change. It’s always recommended to consult with an attorney familiar with Missouri DWI law for the most up-to-date and pertinent advice regarding any DWI charges.