The 24-year-old son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in the early morning hours of May 1. According to police, the incident occurred in Columbia near the intersection of Broadway and Second Street.
If you are facing a DWI charge, you are likely concerned about many issues, including the potential for having to settle with pleading guilty. Although plea negotiations may be appropriate at times, it is helpful to have the assistance of a lawyer who has experience in defending against these matters to ensure that every angle is considered carefully in the process of developing a strategy.
Missouri residents may be familiar with the actress Amanda Bynes from her work on the hit television shows "All That" and "The Amanda Show." According to recent reports, the former actress was taken into custody for an impaired driving incident during the early morning hours of Sept. 26.
A 59-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a serious drunk driving accident. Police say that the man was driving on Highway 54 in an SUV that was also carrying his wife and son as passengers. The vehicle left the roadway, traveled through the median and struck another car that waiting to turn.
A man is facing multiple criminal charges in central Missouri after the vehicle he was driving collided with a guardrail during the early morning hours of June 22. According to news reports, the 42-year-old driver has been taken into police custody and is being held at Callaway County Jail on $14,000 bond. Police allege that the driver resisted arrest and was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.
Law enforcement departments in St. Ann and other communities in Missouri are endeavoring to prevent tragedies during the season of proms and graduations. Officials will be working together to promote safe and sober celebrations. The state's Zero Tolerance Law provides for strict consequences if a driver under the age of 21 tests positive for even a trace of alcohol while driving. However, the state's drunk driving incidents resulting in accidents include a significant level of underage drivers in spite of stiff consequences. As officials promote their efforts to reduce drunk driving accidents, they are highlighting additional statistics related to incidents on the state's roads. For example, 318 individuals were seriously injured and 85 were killed in accidents involving impaired driving by underage individuals from 2011 to 2013. Officials reiterate that zero tolerance signifies zero chances and that the consequences aren't worth the risk. A young person violating the Zero Tolerance Law may face emotional stress along with financial consequences, including legal fees and fines. They may also find that their future employment and education opportunities are negatively affected. An underage driver will also lose a license for driving with any alcohol detected in the bloodstream. While the purpose of a DUI crackdown may be appreciated by community members, a young person facing the aftermath of being cited in connection with such efforts may find it challenging to know how to deal with related legal appearances and consequences. A lawyer assisting in such a case may be able to evaluate the results of breath tests and field sobriety tests, potentially challenging results if these are the only criteria used to cite a client. Additionally, a lawyer may evaluate the situation to ensure that a client's personal rights haven't been violated.
Pro football fans in Missouri probably heard the news in early February that the Vikings were parting ways with veteran linebacker Erin Henderson, possibly connected to police arresting him on suspicion of DUI twice in six weeks. Henderson recently learned the formal charges he faces.
A school superintendent was taken into police custody after being stopped by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for a traffic violation. The 57-year-old man was detained on a charge of driving while intoxicated, according to an MSHP report. His assistant said that after serving as principal for one of their schools from 1997 to 2001, he had been superintendent since 2001 and was working part time when he was held by police for DWI.
An early morning traffic stop by Missouri State Police resulted in charges for a Springfield man accused of driving more than 60 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. The accused was also charged with impaired driving as he was allegedly under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was pulled over by a state trooper near the 123 mile marker of eastbound Interstate 44.
One major fact that remains constant in the practice of DWI defense is the fact that in every state the legal limit for a driver’s blood alcohol content. Each state, including Missouri, has its own DWI laws but the current legal limit remains constant in all of them. This limit is meant to give drivers a benchmark against which they can measure their impairment to determine whether they are fit to drive.