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Arrested for DWI: Now What? | St. Louis DWI Defense Lawyer

Arrested for DWI: Now What? | St. Louis DWI Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for DWI, you may be experiencing a variety of emotions and understandably so. You may be embarrassed because of the situation, scared because of the uncertainty of the process, or nervous as to how your DWI charge will affect you and your future. Fortunately, you have rights during the process and do not have to navigate the criminal justice system alone.

The first thing to remember if you have received a DWI is the various time limitations associated with your driving privileges. The time limitations to act and to preserve your driving privileges depend on whether you submitted to a breathalyzer or whether you refused to submit to a breathalyzer. Also, your decision of whether to submit or refuse to a breathalyzer will not only dictate the time limitations in which you must act, but it will also dictate what course of action is necessary. Accordingly, it is critical that you immediately seek out an experienced DWI lawyer and not wait. Frequently, individuals who receive a DWI think that because they don’t have a court date coming up, they can just deal with it later. This line of thinking can have a devastating impact on your driving privileges.

When seeking out a lawyer, there are several important things to look for. First and perhaps most important is the lawyer’s experience in handling DWI cases. Is the lawyer’s practice devoted primarily to criminal defense and DWI cases? Has the lawyer tried DWI cases? Has the lawyer been successful in preserving his or client’s driving privileges? Does the lawyer have experience in handling felony DWI cases? Cases involving CDL holders? These are all important things to discuss with a lawyer when making your decision. Also, it is important that you feel comfortable with your lawyer. After all, the two of you will be working together in an effort to achieve the best possible result.

At Henderson & Waterkotte, P.C., our lawyers handle a wide variety of DWI cases from first-time offenses to felony offenses. We have a track record of achieving successful results for our clients. If you have received a DWI, call our office today to schedule a free consultation and to learn how the law applies to your specific situation.