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Do doctors face a higher risk of DWI?

Being a doctor is one of the most admirable professions. Of course, most people do not enter the medical field in hopes of being seen as a hero. Instead, they want to help people as best as they can. Unfortunately, many doctors face unimaginable stress on the job, which is often difficult to shake.

You may have had dreams of helping patients and feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride when you were able to help someone overcome an illness or injury. Still, you did not have any ill-conceived ideas that you could save everyone or that you would always know what to do. Even with a realistic view, you may not have imagined just how burdensome your job could become.

Your DWI traffic stop and your defense strategy

A drunk driving charge can bring negative effects to your life for years to come. This is why it is essential to consider ways you can effectively fight back, starting with developing a strong defense strategy. You have the right to challenge every aspect of the prosecution's case, including your initial traffic stop. Missouri police cannot initiate a traffic stop simply because they want to. Rather, there must be a clear reason to do so, called reasonable suspicion. 

Reasonable suspicion allows law enforcement to stop a Missouri driver for suspected intoxicated driving. If a close examination of your case determines that the initial traffic stop was invalid for any reason, it could negate the entire case against you. As you consider the appropriate direction for your defense strategy, you would be wise to look at all elements of your case, including the first interactions you had with law enforcement.

When could you face charges for felony DWI?

Any DWI conviction will have an impact on your life. In addition to potential fines and incarceration, your professional and personal lives could be affected as well. Even a relatively short suspension of your driver's license can wreak havoc on your daily life. If you drive for a living, you may not be able to work.

These and other circumstances can arise even for misdemeanor convictions for DWI. However, when you face felony DWI charges, the stakes rise even more. You could face prison time, hefty fines and irrevocable changes to your future.

Your DWI defense begins with the traffic stop

No one wants to be saddled with a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) on their record. The consequences of a conviction for drunk driving can affect nearly every facet of your life going forward.

But it is important to understand that the defense for a DWI does not begin inside the courtroom. Instead, it begins as soon as you glimpse those blue lights behind you in the rearview mirror and pull over. To that end, below is some important information to keep in mind.

Underage DUIs and collisions can lead to trouble

Your child has always been a little on the wild side, and you often encouraged their eccentricities. You want them to make mistakes and to learn from them. Unfortunately, their latest mistake is not one that you expected.

They decided to break into your liquor cabinet and get drunk with friends while you were at work. Then, they took a joyride in your car. That car is now in a ditch and being towed, while your child is facing serious allegations of being drunk behind the wheel.

Don't let drunk driving ruin baseball season

With baseball season starting, you want to be there to cheer for your team. You and your colleagues are all major fans of the game, so you usually head out after work to the bar to watch. As the season approaches and begins, it's important that you take the time to remind yourself and your friends and colleagues about staying safe while you're enjoying your night out.

Whether you watch college baseball or the Major League, it's going to be soured if you end up with a DUI. That's why one good tip for you this season is to consider setting up a designated driver each game day. The likelihood is that you do have a colleague or two who are cutting back on alcohol or who don't mind skipping a day. If you rotate, you can all ride together and have your sober colleague take you back to your houses after the game.

Drunk driving crash? Consider hiring an attorney

You drank all night with your friends, and then you realized that your designated driver was nowhere to be found. One of your friends suggested that they might have left with someone they met at the bar, but that puts you in a dangerous position.

Prevent drunk driving crashes by being aware

Drinking and driving is a known hazard to yourself and others. While the only way to prevent these accidents as a result of your own actions is to avoid drinking and driving at any time, there are also a number of ways that you can prevent others from getting into crashes.

Any time alcohol mixes with driving, it's a bad combination. Even at a blood alcohol concentration of .02%, people still see the impact of alcohol on their nervous system. It's not safe to drive drunk, but what can you do to help prevent it?

Fight a DWI charge, and you can help protect your future

You and your friends love football season. It's not just a game, it's a way of life for you. Every time there is a game, you head down to the local sports bar, have a few beers, watch the game and then head home.

Lately, there have been many more officers around the bar, and you've noticed more people getting pulled over. Still, you felt like you were safe from that, because you'd only ever had a few drinks before heading out. Unfortunately, you were wrong.

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Travis Noble is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard University, and he lectures at seminars nationwide on DWI/DUI topics. He is the lawyer whom other lawyers consult to defend their DWI clients. Most importantly, he has a track record of successfully defending some of the toughest DWI cases in Missouri and beyond.

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