Driving while intoxicated charges are common in Missouri.  Most people, even if unfamiliar with criminal law, are familiar with DWI.  Many people, even those not trained in the law, are happy to provide their two cents about driving while intoxicated charges in Missouri.  This brief article exposes five of the most common myths about DWI charges in Missouri.

            1.         If a person is charged with DWI, then they are guilty.  FALSE!

            Not everyone charged with a DWI is in fact guilty.  Simply being charged with an offense is not the same as having been found guilty by a judge or jury.  An experienced attorney can help you best explore factual and legal defenses to those charges.

            2.         Why fight it?  If you are charged with a DWI offense it can’t be won.  FALSE! 

Again, just because someone is charged with driving while intoxicated in Missouri, does not mean they are guilty of the offense.  There are many legal defenses that stand between an accused and a conviction for driving while intoxicated.  An experienced attorney can help best present those defenses. 

            3.         All DWI cases are the same.  FALSE! 

While the prosecution must prove the same legal elements to obtain a DWI conviction, all cases are different.  Each case presents its own factual and legal defenses.  An experienced DWI attorney can help you best present the strongest possible defense.

            4.         The choice of an attorney won’t make a difference in my DWI case.  FALSE! 

The choice of an attorney in defending a DWI case is one of the most important decisions a person can make.  Sometimes, that choice results in the difference between the dismissal of charges or a conviction.  Why take a chance?  Your chances of obtaining a favorable result are best with an experienced attorney. 

5.         Even if convicted of a DWI, nothing bad is really going to happen.  FALSE! 

This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Significant penalties can be imposed if convicted of driving while intoxicated including jail time, substantial fines, and the loss of driving privileges.  You have too much to lose.  The best thing you can do to help your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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