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Signs police look for to tell if you are under the influence

Many people question the legality and validity of DWI checkpoints. The reasoning is that the police essentially pull drivers over when there is no suspicion an individual is under the influence of alcohol. However, even if courts end up limiting the scope of these checkpoints, the police still maintain vigilant eyes on potentially intoxicated drivers. 

Drunk driving is a serious offense and can lead to jail time and massive fines even if it is a person's first run-in with the law. It is useful to understand what signs police officers search for. In the event of an arrest for DWI, knowing the reason the officers pulled the vehicle over can aid with the defense. 

How can you reinstate driving privileges in Missouri?

Receiving a conviction for driving while intoxicated in Missouri can have a serious impact on your overall quality of life, and it can complicate everything from your ability to work to your ability to vote. Losing your license in the wake of a Missouri DWI has the capacity to lead to long-term financial hardship, so chances are, you would like to get your license back as soon as you possibly can so you can resume going to work, school or wherever else you need to go.

So, what can you do to get your license back in the aftermath of a Missouri DWI conviction?

Do not underestimate "weak" alcoholic drinks

Whether you are a man or a woman, you surely enjoy taking the time to relax and have fun with friends when the weekend comes. Even on weekdays, after work, you are likely to seek out a respite from the stress of the day. If you are like many people, this might come in the form of enjoying a drink. Even "weak" drinks can incur unexpected consequences.

One of the most common of these is a DUI. Many people do not realize they are over the legal blood alcohol content limit. Underestimating the alcohol content of your drinks may contribute to this, and many people make this mistake when drinking any of the following drinks.

4 common DWI defense strategies

If you are facing criminal charges for drunk driving but believe you are innocent, you are understandably feeling a lot of frustration. The consequences of a DWI conviction are serious. You are at risk of losing your license, freedom and reputation. However, while it is normal to feel angry, you must defend against these charges carefully. 

Here are a few common defense strategies you may consider. 

3 DWI red flags that could get you pulled over

Nothing is worse than the surprise of seeing flashing blue and red lights in your rear-view mirror as you realize a police officer is pulling you over. If these events sound familiar, perhaps you have been arrested before on suspicion of driving under the influence. The truth is, a DWI arrest can happen to anybody, and most people never expect it to happen to them until the aforementioned moment.

According to the Missouri Division of Behavioral Health, there are nearly 6,000 DWI arrests in the state in a given year. There are a number of reasons why a law enforcement officer may pull you over on suspicion of DWI. The following are three of the top red flags that may lead to a DWI charge.

3 ways stress can contribute to a DWI

When you get stressed out, it is wise to seek out healthy outlets to alleviate this stress and refocus your mind. Yoga, meditation and therapy are just a few options for mitigating the stress in your life and finding balance. Many people do not have the impulse to indulge in such measured responses to stress, though—in fact, you are not alone if you battle the temptation to respond to stress by indulging vices.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it is common for people to use alcohol as a short-term solution to the daily stress they encounter. If you are one of these people, you might be surprised when the habit leads to a DWI charge. 

Tips for avoiding a DWI after a party

Partying with your friends is a normal occasion when you are an adult. Whether you hang out at a house, go to a nightclub or check out some bars, you and your friends deserve to have a good time. In order to have a good time, you must be safe. Whenever you are going somewhere with alcohol, it is important to remember that you should never get behind the wheel after drinking.

Drinking and driving can result in a license suspension, thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, injuries and even fatalities. Here are some tips for avoiding a DWI conviction while you are having fun with your friends. 

Can you drive for Uber with a DWI on your record?

Uber and other ridesharing apps have helped people all over Missouri reach their destinations. It has also brought huge advantages for people looking for income, with some drivers making upwards of $17 an hour through the app. 

However, before someone can become an independent contractor through Uber or Lyft, he or she first needs to pass a background check. While some people have criticized the app's background checks for not being thorough enough and allowing criminals to drive, it can certainly catch big red flags. People who have DWI convictions on their records can definitely expect not to pass, which can seriously jeopardize the kind of work they can get. 

The total cost of a DWI

Driving under the influence of alcohol can result in substantial consequences to a person upon arrest. Not only are there legal consequences, that individual may also have to contend with financial challenges, as well, due to the high cost of DWI

Any driver arrested for drunk driving can expect some hefty legal fines. However, the financial fallout is not likely to stop there.  

Consequences of multiple DWIs in Missouri

While Missouri law takes all driving while intoxicated charges seriously, the penalties for first-time offenders are more lenient than those for second offenses and above. Once you receive a second, or further, charge, the law may impose steeper penalties that come with additional consequences.

Multiple charges can lead to high fines and jail time, which can seriously impact your future.

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