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How many points is a DWI in Missouri?

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Blog, DWI Law

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in Missouri. A DWI conviction carries significant consequences that can impact various aspects of your life.

One important aspect to consider is the allocation of points to your driving record as a result of a DWI conviction.

What is the DWI point system?

In Missouri, the Department of Revenue’s Point System monitors and evaluates the driving behaviors of drivers in the state. Points go on your driving record for various traffic violations and offenses, including DWI. The accumulation of points can lead to the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, increased insurance premiums and other penalties.

A DWI conviction in Missouri typically results in the addition of 8 points to your driving record. This substantial point allocation reflects the severity of the offense and underscores the importance of responsible driving behavior.

How long do points remain on my record?

DWI points remain on your driving record for a significant period, typically ranging from 5 to 10 years. During this time, the points can affect your driving privileges and may result in increased scrutiny from law enforcement.

Furthermore, accumulating excessive points can lead to additional consequences beyond the immediate impact on your driving record. For instance, insurance companies often review driving records when determining insurance premiums. A history of DWI convictions and points on your record may lead to higher insurance rates or even denial of coverage.

How can I avoid getting points on my driving record?

To mitigate the consequences of a DWI conviction, proactive steps are important. This includes complying with any court-ordered penalties, such as completing a substance abuse program or community service. Additionally, practicing safe and responsible driving behaviors can help prevent further points from accumulating on your record.

A DWI conviction in Missouri carries significant consequences, including the allocation of 8 points to your driving record. Understanding these implications and taking proactive steps to address them is essential for maintaining your driving privileges and minimizing the long-term impact on your life.

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