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Most instances of DUI/DWI in Missouri are charged as misdemeanors, however, there are instances in which you can be charged with a felony DWI. Generally, felony DWI charges are made if you caused serious injury or death while driving intoxicated, or if you have a past record of DWI convictions. If this is the case, you can be charged with anything from a Class A to a Class E felony, depending on the circumstances. Class A felonies are the most serious, resulting in ten to thirty years in prison, while Class E felonies can carry a sentence of up to four years in prison. A felony DWI in Missouri can have serious long-term consequences, including losing the right to enlist in the military, vote, and limiting your employment, housing, and educational opportunities. However, you are not without options. 


How a Lawyer Can Help With Your Felony DWI Conviction 


If you have been charged with a felony DWI in Missouri, it is important not to be complacent. If you are trusting the legal system to take care of you, you will be disappointed by the outcome. You must be proactive and do what you can to have your charge reduced or dismissed. The best way to accomplish this is by hiring an experienced Missouri DWI attorney. Your attorney will thoroughly evaluate the circumstances of your case to determine whether there are any grounds for dismissal, or if there is a way to reduce the charges. Particularly if you have been charged with a lower level felony and you do not have prior DWI convictions, it may be possible to reduce your charges to a misdemeanor, such as reckless driving. Your lawyer can assess your case to determine the path most likely to result in the best possible outcome for you. 


Getting DWI Charges Reduced or Dismissed in Missouri 


Not only can a lawyer help you get your DWI charges reduced to a misdemeanor, they may be able to help you get them dismissed completely. If officers lacked probable cause to pull you over or made procedural errors in your arrest or the processing of any evidence collected at the scene, this can constitute a violation of your constitutional rights and result in a dismissal. An attorney can also help you to reduce your charges by challenging the evidence against you. Generally in DWI cases this evidence will be a field sobriety test, breathalyzer test, or blood test. These tests are not immune to error and can be easily challenged by experienced attorneys, particularly when it comes to field sobriety tests which are highly subjective and subject to error. 


Contact the Johnson Law Firm 


If you have been charged with a felony DWI in Missouri, it is the time to fight, and the experienced Missouri DWI attorneys at the Johnson Law Firm are ready to advocate for you. Contact the Johnson Law Firm today to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you get your charges reduced or even dismissed.