When a Missouri resident is charged with driving while intoxicated, they could potentially face a misdemeanor charge or a felony charge. The severity of the charge they receive depends on a number of factors, including whether or not they have previous charges, their blood alcohol levels and if anyone suffered an injury in the alleged incident.
According to court documents, Missouri's Public Service Commissioner set a hearing for April 21 regarding his alleged refusal to take a breath test. The 60-year-old man, who has been charged with driving while intoxicated, will be allowed to continue driving until his hearing date. His next hearing on the DWI charge itself is scheduled for April 7.
On Feb. 26, a man was accused of driving drunk in St. Charles during the accident that killed his uncle. The fatal crash took place at about 11:30 p.m. while the accused man was driving along the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at the exit ramp for Zumbehl. After crashing into the rear of a tractor-trailer, the man's vehicle became trapped beneath it.
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.
According to law enforcement authorities in Callaway County, a 55-year-old Fulton man with a reported history of repeat DWI offenses was taken into custody on multiple charges on Dec. 27. Reportedly, the incident leading to the man's arrest occurred around 1:40 a.m. on County Road 269.
A Missouri man was recently sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to his tenth conviction for driving while intoxicated. The charges stemmed from an August 2013 incident. According to police, the 55-year-old man was stopped for a traffic offense. During the stop, police detained the man for driving while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license.