Bristow Law Office, LLC

(816) 769-9978

1656 Washington St., Suite 130

Kansas City, MO 64108

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If you are charged with Driving While Intoxicated or Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, an attorney from our Kansas City law office will sit down with you and discuss the details and circumstances of your case.   We will then review the evidence the State has against you, and research the applicable statutory and case law, in order to develop a specific strategy to defend your case.  We will fight to obtain the best possible result for you, either through active negotiation, or by aggressively defending you in a trial.  


If this is your first DWI/DUI arrest, you may be eligible for a diversion, which is an agreement with the prosecuting attorney that requires you to undergo alcohol counseling, random alcohol/drug testing, and at least monthly reporting for a period of 12 months.  If you comply with all of the conditions, the case will be dismissed and a conviction will not go on your record

DWI Penalties

First Offense (Class B Misdemeanor)

•  Up to six months in jail

•  Maximum fine of $500

•  30-day driver’s license suspension

•  60 days restricted driving period following 30-day suspension

•  Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP)

•  $45 license reinstatement fee

•  SR-22 insurance

•  Ignition Interlock Device (not required)

•  8 points added to your driving record

2nd Offense (Class A Misdemeanor)

•  Up to 1 year in jail

•  Maximum fine of $1,000

•  1 year license revocation (5 year denial if prior conviction within 5 years)

•  Ignition Interlock Device required after reinstatement

•  Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP)

•  $45 license reinstatement fee

•  SR-22 insurance

•  12 points added to your driving record

3rd Offense (Class D Felony)

•  Jail – up to 4 years

•  Fine – up to $5,000

•  10-year license revocation

•  Ignition Interlock Device required

•  Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP)

•  $45 license reinstatement fee

•  SR-22 insurance required

•  12 points added to your driving record

Administrative Hearings

If your BAC level is .08% or more, a police officer will take your license and give you a Notice of Suspension/Revocation.  The notice tells you that you will not be able to legally drive after 15 days, and includes a 15-day driving permit.  You have 15 days from the date your Notice of Suspension/Revocation is issued to request an administrative hearing.  If you request a hearing within the required time, your permit is extended until the case is over.  If you do not request a hearing, a suspension or revocation begins on the 15th day after your arrest, and is final.

If you refuse to submit to a chemical alcohol test, a police officer will take your license and give you a Notice of Revocation.  This notice tells you that your driver’s license will be automatically revoked for 1 year, and includes a 15-day driving permit.  You have 30 days from the date your Notice of Revocation is issued to request a hearing in court. Filing the request does not extend your 15-day driving permit, so a request must be made to extend your permit until the case is over.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

For a first DWI conviction, your Missouri CDL will be suspended for one year (regardless of whether you were driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the offense).  On a second DWI, your CDL will be revoked from 10 years to life.  Courts are not allowed to defer imposition of sentence, suspend imposition of sentence, or allow a CDL holder to enter into a diversion program that prevents a traffic conviction, in any type of vehicle, from appearing on the person's driving record.

Bristow Law Office, LLC is a Kansas City law firm with attorneys that represent misdemeanor and felony criminal charges of driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of drugs, and driving with excessive blood alcohol content. Our office handles the criminal defense of the DWI, including jail time, fines, probation, suspended imposition of sentence (SIS), suspended execution of sentence (SES), community service, and diversion.  We also handle the administrative defense, including license suspension and revocation hearings, substance abuse traffic offender program (SATOP), ignition interlock device (IID), SR-22 Insurance, driver’s license reinstatement fee by the Department of Revenue.  Our law firm represents 1st time DWI offenders, prior offenders (2nd DWI within 5 years), persistent offenders (2nd DWI), aggravated offenders (3rd DWI), and chronic offenders (4th DWI or more).

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