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DUI AND DWI CHARGES

What to do if you're charged with DUI/DWI

Navigating your next steps after being charged of Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated can be difficult to do if you're not sure where to start. Here are 5 things to consider after getting charged with DUI/DWI.

When charged with DUI/DWI, it’s important to have an understanding of your rights to determine how to protect yourself and take the next best step.

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Know Your Rights

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Record Everything

Writing everything down and having the ability to give a detailed account of what happened at the time you were charged creates a strong point of reference you can use at your defense.

If someone was with you at the time you were charged of DUI/DWI, ask them to testify as a witness to advocate for you and help build a better foundation for your case.

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Find a Witness

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Trust the Process

In a DUI/DWI case, you can confidently trust the process by having a qualified and experienced attorney working to protect you, your rights and your future.

If you’ve been charged with DUI in Kansas or DWI in Missouri, call Kitchin Law Firm today and learn how we can work with you to handle your case most effectively.

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DUI/DWI Laws

If you’re charged with DUI in Kansas, or DWI in Missouri, it’s important to know what laws are in place and what immediate steps need to be taken to protect your rights.

Kansas Laws

First Offense DUI
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You could be facing a jail minimum of two days and maximum of six months, a fine no less than $750 and a license suspension.
Second Offense DUI
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You could be facing a jail minimum of five days and maximum of one year, a fine no less than $1,250, and a license suspension.
Third Offense DUI
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You could be facing a jail minimum of 90 days and maximum of one year, a fine no less than $1,750, and a license suspension.
Fourth Offense DUI
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You can expect to receive a jail maximum of one year and the suspension of your license.

Missouri Criminal Penalties

First Offense DWI
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You could receive a jail term of up to 6 months, fine of up to $500.00, and license suspension.
Second Offense DWI
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You'll be considered a "prior offender," and could receive a jail term of up to one year, fine of up to $1,000 and license suspension up to five years.
Third Offense DWI
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You'll be considered a "persistent offender" with a felony offense, and could receive a prison sentence of up to four years, fine of up to $5,000 and license suspension up to 10 years.
Fourth Offense DWI
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In addition to the felony offense, you may receive a prison sentence of up to seven years, fine of up to $5,000 and license suspension.
Fifth Offense DWI
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This is a felony, and you can expect to be issued a prison sentence of up to 15 years, as well as the suspension of your license.

DUI/DWI Defense Process

When charged with DUI or DWI, the most critical action step you need to take is to find an experienced DUI/DWI defense lawyer you can trust to fight for your case. In the defense process, your attorney will begin investigating the case, address the matters pertaining to your driver’s license, and fight for your rights — all while working towards a positive resolution for your case.

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Get the right eyes on your ticket. Upload your ticket and our attorney will provide a comprehensive overview of what next steps can be taken to best handle your DUI/DWI charge.

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The Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Intoxicated defense process varies between Missouri and Kansas. Call Kitchin Law Firm to learn more about the defense process and how we can help your case!

Under 21 DUI/DWI

In Kansas and Missouri, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 (minors) to possess and consume alcohol. If you’re under the age of 21, and have been convicted of DWI in Missouri or DUI in Kansas, you may be subject to penalties that could negatively impact your record and driving privileges.

As a minor, navigating a DWI/DUI charge is something you don’t want to walk through alone. To protect your rights, record and driving privileges, you need the right attorney on your case.  
  • In Kansas, drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC (blood alcohol content) between .02 and .08 can expect to have their license suspended if they don’t request, fight and win their license hearing.
  • In Missouri, the Abuse and Lose Law can suspend or revoke driving privileges for any offense involving the possession or use of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle.
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