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Penalties for repeat DWI convictions in Missouri

One factor that is considered by the court when DUI penalties are determined is the existence of any prior DWI convictions.
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    December 18, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The state of Missouri takes DWI convictions seriously and, as is common in other states throughout the country, has a graduated set of typical consequences based upon the nature of the circumstances. One factor that is considered by the court when DUI penalties are determined is the existence of any prior DWI convictions.

A DWI conviction remains on a driver's record for a period of five years. Given that, if a driver is arrested for driving while intoxicated four years after receiving a different DWI conviction, the current arrest would be viewed as a repeat offense. If, after the five year period, there are no subsequent violations, the first conviction is then eliminated from the record.

Penalty structure for multiple DWI offenses

There is no exact recipe or formula for a set of consequences that a driver could expect to receive for a DWI conviction as the nature of each case is unique and taken into account by the judge. However, there are some guidelines that frame the basic parameters for many cases.
- Second offense DWIs: Drivers convicted of a second DWI within five years of receiving their first DWI conviction will have their driving privileges revoked for five years. After the revocation period, they are required to petition the court for reinstatement and must also register for a formal criminal history check through the state. Fines for second DWI convictions can be up to $1,000 and jail sentences up to one year can be ordered as well. Ignition interlock devices are also required to be installed in drivers' vehicles.

- Third offense DWIs: For drivers receiving a third DWI within five years, their driver's licenses are revoked for a total of 10 years. As with two-time offenders, a court petition for reinstatement and filing for a criminal history check are required at the end of the revocation period.

- Fourth offense DWIs:This also carries a 10-year license revocation period with fines up to $5,000 and jail time of up to four years.

Other factors such as the involvement of an accident, especially with injury or death, will also contribute to the final decision of the court as to what penalties a particular driver will face.

Recommendations for those arrested

If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated and are facing a potential conviction, you should find and work with an experienced attorney to help you understand the laws and work on your behalf to find the best possible outcome for your case.

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