DUI lawyer versus DWI lawyer
If you live in Missouri you’ve probably heard the terms DUI and DWI used interchangeably. Some people get confused about whether there’s a difference between the 2 types of charges. However, we’re here to tell you that under the law they essentially mean the same thing. A Driving Under The Influence charge carries the same penalties and fines as a Driving While Intoxicated. But if you’ve landed on this page you’re probably someone or know someone, who has recently been charged with a DUI and needs to hire a DUI lawyer. If that’s the case, thank you for your consideration and we hope you take the opportunity to call us to review your case free of charge.
DUI charges are very serious charges in the state of Missouri. Over the past 20 years, there has been a substantial increase in DUI law enforcement across the state and specifically within the St. Louis area. The result has been the creation of a legal process for DUI offenders that is very difficult to navigate. Furthermore, the severity of the penalties under the law has also increased, making it somewhat mandatory you hire a skilled and qualified DUI lawyer and/or DUI attorney.
The most important decision you will make throughout the DUI legal process is the choice of the DUI attorney. In St. Louis alone there are a few hundred criminal defense lawyers, who also claim they are DUI lawyers. Unfortunately for you, it’s very difficult to determine the good from the bad without doing some deep research into the attorneys themselves. We urge you to take your time with this process and ask the tough questions before making a decision. At Combs Law Group we stand behind our reputation as the highest rated DUI attorney in St. Louis. We have worked very hard to build an exceptional reputation with our previous clients. And that reputation is driven by the results we deliver to our clients time and time again. We urge you to review our client feedback page to see what others are saying about working with us.
DUI Laws In Missouri
When you get pulled over, arrested, and charged with a DUI in Missouri you begin a long legal and administrative process. First, there are two components to a DUI in Missouri, a criminal part, and a civil part. The criminal process is what takes place through either local municipal courts or in the state courts. If you were arrested for the first time DUI it’s likely you’ll be prosecuted in the municipal court. However, if you’ve been arrested and charged for DUI before you could possibly be referred to the state court for felony charges. The criminal process follows the path of most criminal cases where you have an opportunity to plea out or go to trial. On the civil side, you’re dealing with the state of Missouri Department of Revenue. In Missouri, if you’re arrested for a DUI your license is suspended immediately and you have to file the appropriate paperwork within 2 weeks to maintain your privileges. Combs Law Group is here to help you with both sides of your case. On the criminal side, we will fight aggressively to get the charges thrown out if possible. If not we will work to develop creative strategies that will mitigate any evidence that is presented in discovery. On the civil side, we can work with you to file the correct paperwork and help you maintain your driving privileges.
Chris Combs – Your DUI Lawyer
As one of the most experienced and knowledgeable DUI lawyers in St. Louis, Chris Combs will work diligently to protect you, your family, your job, and your lifestyle from day one. Having worked a substantial amount of DUI cases in the many local municipal courts as well as the state court in Clayton, Chris can deliver the results you expect. If you want an attorney that will actually work your case aggressively, instead of taking the first deal available, call Chris today. Take this opportunity to either fill out the form to the left or pick up the phone and call us at 314-578-1465.