Discrete. Effective. Aggressive.
Trial Attorneys
Free Case Evaluation

Missouri's Repeat DWI Offender Penalties


If you are like many Missouri motorists, you may have gotten behind the wheel after having a drink or two at dinner, at a friend's house, or as part of a celebration. If you are pulled over and subsequently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may face stiff penalties in addition to the collateral consequences (which may include a damaged reputation, the suspension or revocation of a professional license and higher insurance rates). These penalties become harsher with each subsequent drunk or drugged driving arrest.

Penalties for first and subsequent offenses

Anyone facing charges of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs in Missouri will have their licenses revoked for 90 days in addition to any fines or jail time that may be assessed. In some situations, first-time offenders may be able to obtain what is known as a Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP). This privilege allows you to drive for a predetermined list of purposes, such as when traveling to and from work, the doctor, or church or other religious services, but it is not an option for repeat offenders.

Second-time offenders also face harsher penalties than first-time offenders. In addition to not having access to the two types of RDP, second-time offenders who reoffend within five years from the date of the first offense will typically lose their licenses for a period of five years. A second offense that falls outside of that five-year period will still typically lead to a license revocation for at least one year.

Penalties for commercial vehicle operators

Commercial truck drivers are held to a higher standard than regular motorists when it comes to staying sober behind the wheel. While a blood alcohol content (BAC) of.08 percent is typically considered the level of legal impairment for most drivers, commercial truckers can be convicted of a DWI if their BAC is just .04 percent. They will also have two points added to their driving records and be barred from operating commercial vehicles for a year.

The penalties associated with driving under the influence are substantial and often life-changing, whether it is your first, second or third offense. Punishments tend to grow in severity with each subsequent offense, however, so if you are facing a DWI charge, it you may want to speak with a qualified attorney.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Real Results

Winning Cases They Say Can't Be Won

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.

Contact Travis Noble | Free Consultations

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Travis L. Noble, Jr.
Rated by Super Lawyers

loading ...
Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in St. Louis

Past results afford no guarantee of future results and every case is different and must be judged on its own merits. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

At Travis Noble, P.C. we value your feedback. Click here to write us a review:

Write Us a Review
TN - Travis Noble - Attorneys at Law

8000 Maryland Avenue, Suite 910
St. Louis, MO 63105
St. Louis Law Office Map

Free Consultations
Phone: 314-450-7849
Toll Free: 866-794-0947
Click Here to Pay Your Invoice
Credit Cards Accepted