If you have been found guilty of DWI in Missouri, chances are high that a conviction will come with a fine, a black mark on your record, a license suspension, and possible jail time (depending on a number of factors, such as how many past alcohol-related offenses you have). But although those are standard consequences, the judge could place a wide range of conditions on your probation, whether to help you address an addiction problem, keep the public safe, or simply to add to your punishment.
Getting Probation From A DWI Arrest In St. Louis/Missouri
In some cases, probation is part of your conviction and in some cases, probation is a way to avoid conviction, as long as you follow all of the rules of probation. In Missouri, probation for DWI comes with the requirement of SATOP (Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program), which helps offenders from reoffending down the line. But it could also include a pretty large number of other requirements, depending on your case, your judge, and your deal.
Here are some common examples:
- Substance abuse evaluation
- Drug or alcohol rehab or treatment
- Regular breathalyzer/urine tests and/or drug tests
- Rules about when or where you can drive
- Rules about staying away from establishments that serve alcohol
- Rules about drinking and driving (zero tolerance)
- Rules about buying or consuming alcohol.
- Community service hours.
- Installation of a Ignition Interlock Device (if not already required)
- SCRAM (Secured Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring)
- VIP (Victim’s Impact Panel)
- Informing the court of changes in address, employment, etc.
- Consent to searches of person, home, or vehicle
- Paying recoupment or other fees
It’s vital to understand that your conditions for probation must be followed closely, and that violating the conditions in any way can have extremely serious consequences.
Get Legal Assistance Now From St. Louis DWI Attorney Grant Shostak
While the consequences of a DWI depend on the details of your case, the severity of your violations, and your past record, they can also depend upon how you navigate your case and how well you understand your options. An aggressive, experienced St. Louis DWI attorney can help make sure that you know your options and get the best possible results in court, based on what’s important to you. To learn more, get our FREE Missouri DWI Survival Guide. To schedule a free consultation, please contact the Shostak Law Firm today.