Lee's Summit DUI DWI Lawyer
Lee's Summit Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer
If you are arrested for DUI, two separate processes begin immediately: a criminal court case and an administrative hearing. The two cases are handled independently of each other and can have different, compounding consequences. It is important to retain an attorney immediately so that we can begin defending your rights and freedom.
Criminal Court Case System
During your criminal defense, we will work to investigate and challenge all aspects of the DUI charge, including:
- Did the initial traffic stop violate any of your civil rights?
- Were the field sobriety tests administered properly?
- Has the officer been properly trained in administering a portable breath test?
- Was the breath test machine maintained and calibrated correctly?
An excellent criminal defense is created by reviewing, and possible challenging, all aspects of the incident. Our attorney, Ronald Jurgeson, will do everything possible to protect you from the criminal consequences, including the possibility of incarceration, on your DUI charge. A DUI conviction can have long-lasting impacts on your education and employment opportunities. Hire a Kansas City, Missouri, area DUI/DWI defense attorney experienced in helping clients in this same situation.
Administrative Hearing for Driving Privilege
As soon as you are charged with a DUI, a clock begins counting down. This clock represents the time frame in which you must request an administrative hearing relating to your driving privilege. The end result of this hearing could be the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. With enough contacts on your record, you could be penalized with a life-time revocation of your license. In these situations, it is best to have a qualified advocate defending you and working to protect your record.
Differences Between Kansas and Missouri DUI Charges
There are several differences in how these two states handle DUI charges. Given our close proximity to both states, we have a deep understanding of how these state differences impact you.
In general, both states carry the penalty of permanent loss of license if you have certain repeat offenses. A DUI conviction in either state will have severe consequences if you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), but the penalties differ from state to state. Missouri has a 15-day time limit on your administrative license hearing. The time frame in Kansas is 10 days.
Recently, Missouri law has changed regarding the use and duration of the ignition interlock device. We encourage you to contact our firm with any questions about charges relating to:
- Drinking and driving
- Driving under the influence
- Driving while intoxicated
If you have questions regarding DUI or DWI charges or your suspended license or revoked license in Kansas or Missouri, contact Ronald L. Jurgeson, LLC, to schedule a free initial consultation. We are available to meet at any time during the week, or weekends by appointment. Our firm accepts all major credit cards as payment.