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Mistakes DWI defendants often make

A DWI conviction can seriously upend your life. That is especially true if you already have a criminal record, such as one woman from Otterville whom police arrested on suspicion of DWI on Feb. 5. The woman was already on probation for a felony drug possession charge from 2016 and could face more jail time from a conviction. 

Defendants of DWI charges should never resign themselves to high fines and possible jail time. You can still fight the charges to try to avoid the conviction or attempt to get the charges reduced. As you await your trial date, you should never make the following mistakes. 

Saying too much

The police should read you your Miranda rights, which include the right to remain silent. When in doubt, it is better to use this right than to ignore it. When you go down to the police stations, the police may try to talk to you before your lawyer is present. You may think you can explain the charges away, but you only end up burying yourself deeper. It is best to state you wish to remain silent until your attorney is there with you. 


The Missouri DMV will suspend your license in about 14 days if you do nothing. You may not be able to save your license completely, but it is worth a try. You need to get in touch with your local DMV to see if you can retain your license for the time being. Otherwise, you may have no way to get to work or school. 

Having a guilty conscience

You should never assume you are guilty just because a police officer told you so. There may be extenuating circumstances that work to your advantage. Instead of taking the plea deal, you should fight the case to keep the DWI off your criminal record. 

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