DUI/DWI Defense Attorney Serving Columbia, Missouri
In Columbia, Missouri, your driver’s license is necessary for your sense of freedom and continued employment. Don’t let your DUI or DWI charge derail your daily life. When you work with local DUI/DWI defense attorney Stephen Wyse, you receive efficient personalized legal services that are formulated around your best interests.
Like most states, an adult in Missouri who drives with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08% or higher is guilty of a DUI/DWI. For drivers under the age of 21, almost every state sets the limit at or around .01%. To determine your level, police officers will administer chemical tests to measure the BAC in either your breath, saliva, blood, or urine.
Do You Need a DUI/DWI Attorney?
The consequences of a DUI/DWI differ drastically depending on your BAC, how much damage you caused, and if you’ve been charged with another DUI or DWI in the past. Convictions on your record become potential roadblocks for future job applications, license retention, and more. If you don’t know what your DUI/DWI charge means for you, instead of handling the case yourself, seek our expert counseling at our Columbia, Missouri law firm. Not located in Columbia? We extend our services to Booneville, Fulton, and Moberly, Missouri, as well as other areas in and around Boone County.
Definitely hire a DUI/DWI attorney if:
You have several DUIs or DWIs already and have now received another
Your arrest was the result of an accident, or if anyone was injured
You are a professional driver and your livelihood depends on keeping your license
Consider hiring a DUI/DWI attorney if:
You don’t understand your rights, DUI/DWI laws, or the consequences you face
You are or plan to be in a profession where any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping your professional license
You were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit, or if you have reason to believe your BAC test results were inaccurate
Challenging the Validity of Your BAC Test Results
The prosecution will likely build their case around the results of your BAC test. If you have firm reason to believe that your BAC test results are invalid, successfully challenging the validity can mean the difference between winning and losing your case and license.
There are a lot of variables that can affect chemical tests like the ones the police administer when they arrest someone for a DUI or DWI. These are a few examples of factors that could result in inaccuracy and lead to dire consequences.
You were tested during the absorption phase. All bodies react to alcoholic substances differently. It can take anywhere up to 3 hours for alcohol to become fully absorbed by your body. While it’s always best to not drink and drive under any circumstances, this means that if you drink right before getting behind the wheel, the alcohol you consumed might not yet be absorbed into your system nor affect your ability to drive; but, sometimes police don’t even administer the test until over an hour after they stop you. So, the BAC test that you take later may result in a BAC over the legal limit, but it won’t be accurate to the time you were driving.
Your breathalyzer test was handled poorly. Breath tests help measure the amount of alcohol present in your lungs. For the police to obtain a realistic result, it’s crucial that they ensure you don’t have any residual alcohol in your mouth. If they fail to complete this step, the breathalyzer measurement may come back artificially high. Also, breathalyzers must be maintained properly to guarantee accuracy. DUI/DWI defense attorneys like Stephen Wyse are able to cast doubt on the reliability of breath-test measurements if law enforcement hasn’t kept the machine in standard operating conditions.
Challenging the accuracy of your BAC test results can help alleviate your conviction, but it requires legal expertise. Set up a free consultation to let us know how we can help.
We’re Ready to Represent You
Wyse Law Firm has a history of success in winning Columbia, Missouri, DUI and DWI cases that make it to court. Stephen Wyse is an experienced and passionate legal advocate who knows what actions to take to help convince the state to amend to lesser charges, which will greatly benefit you and your future. Stephen can help:
Assess your legal situation
Explain the consequences you face
Manage the process and complete forms required by the Department of Revenue
Represent you in court or at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing
When you contact us, we’ll start mapping out a strategy. No matter what, we will fight for you. Get in touch with us today by contacting us.