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How to get your license back after a DUI conviction

Nobody leaves the bar intending to get a DUI. Despite that, dozens if not hundreds of people in Kansas City find themselves in the backs of cop cars every weekend for driving over the limit. There’s no shortage of penalties for a DUI conviction, but one of the most debilitating is losing your driver’s license.

A first time DUI conviction will your driving privileges for 90 days. This will make getting to work, to court, to pick up your kids and other every day responsibilities much more difficult and time consuming. Fortunately, by doing a little extra work you can have this suspension period reduced to eliminated.

Missouri teen injured in alleged drunk driving accident

Car accidents can happen for a variety of different reasons. While sometimes it is a simple oversight or the result of poor judgment, police officers in Missouri and across the country may be quick to assume that alcohol was involved, especially if the driver involved is young and has a previous arrest on his or her record. Unfortunately, a young man was recently accused of drunk driving after a car accident.

The 20-year-old man was indicted for the accident that reportedly happened on a day in late January. Police say they were called to the scene during the early morning hours. When they arrived, they reportedly discovered a car lying on its side.

Man faces drug charges following Missouri traffic stop

Traffic stops happen relatively frequently in Missouri and across the country. Often, they are uneventful. Police will issue a citation, and both parties will continue on their way. However, a recent traffic stop reportedly resulted in drug charges after police reportedly found drugs and other items in a man's rental vehicle.

The incident involved a 33-year-old man from another state. According to reports, troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped the man at approximately midnight on a day in mid-February. Troopers claim that the man was following another vehicle too closely, which prompted the stop.

Drunk driving suspected in fatal Missouri crash

Most drivers in Missouri and across the country have realized that a turn was steeper than expected, and their speed may be too fast. While drivers are typically able to adjust their speed with relatively few consequences, some may ultimately be involved in a crash. In fact, one man now faces multiple charges, including accusations of drunk driving, after his vehicle reportedly crashed on an exit ramp, resulting in the death of three children.

The incident that led to the man's arrest reportedly happened in Aug. 2017. Police say that the man was traveling between 59 and 68 mph when he took the exit ramp. Unfortunately, his SUV reportedly flipped. An 11-year-old male passenger reportedly died at the scene; two other children died after being transported to the hospital. Police claim that none of the children were properly restrained.

DWI charge follows Missouri motor vehicle collision

It is somewhat amazing to think that the only thing that protects drivers from oncoming traffic on some Missouri roads is relatively thin lines of paint. Any driver can accidentally cross over that line into oncoming traffic for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately, police claim that alcohol was a factor in a recent motor vehicle accident that resulted in a DWI charge.

The incident that led to the arrest happened just after 7 p.m. on day in late January. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, a 72-year-old man was driving when his vehicle crossed over the dividing line into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, he reportedly struck a vehicle.

Missouri judge, no reasonable cause in felony drug case

Everyone in the United States has certain rights that are provided by the Constitution. Unfortunately, without legal training, a person facing criminal charges may not be able to fully recognize and respond to unlawful treatment. Fortunately, two women involved in a felony drug case are no longer facing charges after a judge ruled that a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper did not have reasonable cause in the stop and search that led to their arrest.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest happened in July 2018. A state trooper claims that he stopped a 45-year-old woman because she drove over the fog line, was driving just under the speed limit and was "sitting stiffly" in the vehicle while her mouth was open. Reports indicate that the officer followed her on I-70 for approximately 35 miles before the woman stopped at a gas station. It was then that the trooper conducted a search that reportedly led to the discovery of just over 50 pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, marijuana wax and drug paraphernalia.

Man injured in Missouri accident accused of DWI

Car accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Unfortunately, those driving late at night who may be experiencing fatigue may be especially at risk of being involved in an accident. However, a person's behavior following a crash caused by a simple mistake could easily be misinterpreted by law enforcement officials who may already be primed to assume the worst. In fact, it is unclear what evidence supports claims that a driver who was recently injured in a Missouri car accident was driving while intoxicated, or DWI.

The incident is said to have happened just after 11 p.m. on a day in early January. Reports indicate that a 23-year-old driver fell asleep while at the wheel of a pickup truck. The truck reportedly crossed the centerline before exiting the left side of the road. The vehicle reportedly came to a stop after it struck a ditch and rolled.

Man faces drug charges in Missouri after selling to informant

The criminal justice system is often complex even to those people who have legal training. Often, those without legal training who are facing drug charges -- among others -- are unsure of their situation. For example, a man who is now facing criminal charges after he allegedly sold drugs to a police informant is likely wondering about his legal options.

The man's arrest happened on a day in mid-September. According to reports, the 32-year-old man sold methamphetamine to a police informant. Police reportedly recorded the transaction.

Is expungement an option for me?

Getting caught in a crime makes your life difficult even after you've completed your sentence. But, depending on your circumstances, you may be able to permanently put your charges in the past.

Expungement is a process that can seal your past mistakes from your criminal record so that they don't appear in background checks. Here's how to qualify.

Missouri woman charged with DWI after crash

A driver must take in a great deal of information while driving and channel that information into action. Between ensuring that a vehicle is running properly and monitoring other vehicles in the area, it is understandable that a driver may make a mistake. Unfortunately, police in Missouri and across the country may be quick to assume that a mistake was actually due to DWI.

Unfortunately, a woman is now facing criminal charges following an accident. Police say that the woman crashed her minivan into a Missouri Chinese restaurant around 4 p.m. on a day in late November. Witnesses claim that they advised the driver to turn off her vehicle when she attempted to reverse out of the store.

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