The consequences for a conviction of DWI can affect your life severely. People who drive under the influence of can pose a safety risk, and so it is no surprise that crimes are prosecuted vigorously in the state of Missouri. This is especially true when a minor—someone who is not yet of legal drinking age—is found to be guilty of driving while impaired by the influence or alcohol or drugs.
For a young person, a DWI charge means a criminal record. Having a criminal record can affect your ability to get a job, apply for loans, or further your education. If you or a loved one is under 21 and have been arrested for a DWI, you should consider contacting one of our experienced DWI attorneys as quickly as possible. At Holder Susan Slusher, LLC, we have decades of experience advocating for the rights of those accused of crimes. Get in touch with a qualified Columbia DWI attorney from our firm today.
Under our state's "Abuse and Lose" laws, Missouri will automatically suspend or revoke the driving privileges of any person under the age of 21 who is found guilty of a certain driving infractions.
The period of revocation or suspension of a driver's license will vary based on whether it was your first offense. If it is your first offense, your license will be suspended for a 90 day period. If you have been arrested for DWI prior, your license will be revoked for a one year period.
In order to have your driving privileges reinstated, you must pay the required fee and complete a substance abuse program such as the Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP). You may be able to obtain a limited driver's license for travelling to your job, treatment programs, medical needs, or going to school.
Our team understands how stressful being arrested can be. It's an extremely confusing and disorienting experience. We are here to not only guide you through the legal system, but also provide you with emotional support during this time.
Through our team-based strategy and around-the-clock availability, we strive to provide a higher level of attentiveness in our legal service than many other firms in the area.