Protecting Your Rights after a DWI in Missouri
Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a DWI in Pulaski County
If you are arrested for DWI in Missouri, call Deborah Hooper right away to discuss your case. Attorney Deborah Hooper has long-term experience and is highly knowledgeable of Missouri DWI law. Deborah’s experience includes working as a former prosecutor for Pulaski County and as a criminal military attorney. She keeps up-to-date with Missouri drunk driving law through continuing training and education of standardized field sobriety tests and DWI defense strategies. With over 29 years of trial experience, Pulaski County DWI attorney Deborah Hooper is thoroughly trained to defend clients who have been charged with DWI in Missouri.
- Former Military Prosecutor
- Former Military Senior Defense Counsel
- Former Pulaski County Prosecutor
- Over 18 years in Private Practice
- More than 29 years of Trial Experience
DWI attorney Deborah Hooper enjoys the challenge of being a criminal trial attorney. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case by calling (573) 433-8484. After an arrest for DWI in Missouri, there are only 15 days before your driver’s license is automatically suspended. It is important to retain a legal advocate as soon as possible after an arrest for DWI. You may call the Hooper Law Firm to schedule a consultation, or fill out the consultation form found on the left side of this page.
What Happens After an Arrest for DWI in Missouri?
If you were arrested for DWI in Missouri, you need to know that there are two separate laws which are relevant to your case. The first is the Criminal Alcohol Law, which deals with the ticket you were issued for a driving offense related to alcohol. Under this statute, the court sends a copy of your conviction to the Department of Revenue which will assess a number of points to be added to your driving record. If you have accumulated too many points, your license may be suspended or revoked. The Administrative Alcohol Law initiates a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license if your BAC is above the legal limit. Unless you appeal this automatic suspension within 15 days of your arrest and win your Administrative Hearing, your license will be automatically suspended. This will happen even if you win your criminal case.
A first conviction for DWI can result in a 90-day suspension of your driver’s license, and after 30 days you may qualify for a restricted driver’s license. If you are a driver of a commercial motor vehicle, you can be charged with DWI if your BAC is .04%. If you refused to take a drug or alcohol test after you were arrested, your license may be revoked for one year. A DWI conviction can result in being required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle, which will test your blood alcohol level to start the ignition of your car. Maintenance is required on IID’s and you must report to a certified vendor each month for the court to receive readings of your IID.
The criminal penalties for a first DWI conviction can include up to 6 months in jail, up to $500 in fines, and court costs. A second DWI conviction can be punishable by one year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, license revocation up to 5 years, and you can be listed as a Prior Offender. For 3 or more DWI convictions you may face up to 4 years in prison, you can be fined up to $5,000, and your license may be suspended for up to 10 years.
The repercussions of a DWI conviction are serious and can impact all areas of your life. It is important that you have legal representation when defending yourself against these serious charges. Deborah Hooper is a qualified attorney with extensive experience and unique understanding of how DWI cases are handled in Missouri. For help with your DWI case, call Attorney Deborah Hooper at (573) 433-8484 or fill out the consultation form on the left side of this page.
Pulaski County DWI Attorney Deborah Hooper
Deborah Hooper obtained her B.A. in Politics and Sociology from Brandeis University and her Juris Doctorate from Boston College School of Law. She is an experienced trial lawyer with over 29 years of experience and served in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp for eight and a half years. She was selected as Senior Defense Counsel at both Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She personally tried over 200 contested criminal cases and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. After resigning her commission in 1992, she opened a private practice. She was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1997 and has since worked full-time as an attorney practicing military and civilian law. She was elected as the Pulaski County Prosecutor from January 2007-December 2010. With experience as both a former prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, Pulaski County DWI Attorney Deborah Hooper understands the strategies used to convict and to defend DWI cases. She uses her substantial legal background to provide clients with effective, competent, and professional legal services.
“Contested cases and criminal trial work are my passion. As a former prosecutor, I understand the legal system from the inside and of critical importance, I know where it is weak. The police can and often do make errors or overlook key elements of the law, you just need to know where to look. My extensive years of experience as a military defense attorney and in private practice have equipped me to provide solid defense solutions in complex cases. If I take your case, I guarantee a zealous defense within the bounds of the law.“
“Defending those who defend America, Since 1984“
Call Now for a DWI Consultation
Schedule an initial consultation with Pulaski County DWI attorney Deborah Hooper by calling (573) 433-8484 now or fill out the consultation form found on the left side of this page.