For the average motorist, looking in the rearview mirror and seeing flashing red lights is rarely a welcome sight. Most of the time though, a traffic stop is an expensive inconvenience and nothing more; however, if you had a couple of drinks before getting behind the wheel, a routine traffic stop can have serious unwanted consequences. Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) were once treated as minor indiscretions by both law enforcement officers and the criminal court system. Today, however a DUI/DWI charge should be taken very seriously because a conviction could result in a sentence that includes jail time for even a first-time offender.
All too often, the arresting officer and the prosecuting attorney will lead a defendant in a DUI/DWI case to believe that the state’s case is a “slam dunk.” Don’t be fooled. Very few criminal prosecutions are truly that open and shut. The prosecution would like you to believe that though so that you don’t exercise your right to a defense. The reality is that there are numerous ways in which a DUI/DWI prosecution may be flawed. For example, the police officer may not have had a lawful reason to stop you in the first place or the results of the breath test you took may be inadmissible at trial for one of several reasons. At the Law Office of Heath A. Stuart, Chartered, we don’t just assume that you are going to accept a plea agreement based on the alleged evidence against you. Instead, we work tirelessly to try and prevent a conviction because we understand the long-lasting negative consequences of a DUI/DWI conviction.
If you have been charged with DUI/DWI in Kansas or Missouri you need an experienced DUI/DWI defense attorney on your side to ensure that one momentary lapse in judgment does not unfairly impact your life. Contact the DUI/DWI defense team at the Law Office of Heath A. Stuart, Chartered to discuss your legal options with an experienced criminal defense attorney today.