With the start of the baseball season comes the chance to have fun and cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals. If you are planning on attending a Cardinals game soon and drinking alcohol while you are there, be sure to exercise caution. Drinking a little with your friends at the game is great, but if you are not careful, you could end up with a DWI charge with serious consequences.
When someone faces criminal charges, he or she may appear in court multiple times as part of the legal process. However, many people only go to court once for an arraignment when charged with driving while under the influence, as those accused of a DWI related charge tend to plead guilty. However, some Missouri residents may want to know what could happen before trial when one chooses to fight an alcohol related charge.
As Missouri residents know, drunk driving is a serious charge that may result in penalties, fines and possibly impact on an individual's right to drive a vehicle. It can also in some cases impose a barrier on obtaining future employment. While state laws vary, it is possible to defend against a drunk driving charge in a variety of ways.
Missouri's DWI laws differ from those of other states. In Missouri, a person is considered to be a repeat DWI offender only when his or her second DWI offense occurs within five years of the prior one.
A Jefferson County woman has been officially charged with manslaughter after she killed someone in a drunk driving accident. The accident took place around noon on Nov. 4 on Route 30 east of River Ridge Road.
A 55-year-old who has pleaded guilty to eight previous DWI charges is now facing a ninth one. Police in Maryland Heights detained the man on charges of driving while intoxicated. In an interview with local news, he said that he had a few drinks that night.
Missouri residents may be interested to learn about former UFC star Tito Ortiz's recent charge for DUI. The former UFC light heavyweight champion was stopped in Los Angeles for alleged drunk driving after leaving a BCS National Championship pre-party at the Playboy mansion. A Breathalyzer test conducted by police at the scene showed that Ortiz had a blood-alcohol content of .12 percent.
A Missouri drunk driving case has influenced drunk driving laws throughout the country. Stearns County in Minnesota has changed its laws to require a search warrant before police can take a blood sample from a drunk driving suspect. Under current law, police could take an individual back to the police station for a blood test after performing field sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer. The blood test is administered under implied consent. If the suspected drunk driver refuses the test, they will be charged with refusing to take the test in addition to DWI.