How does alcohol end up on your breath?

If asked to visualize a drunk driving offense, you might likely describe a person standing on the side of one of Missouri's many roads, blowing into a hand-held breath testing device. The details of such a scene may seem of little import to you until you actually find...

Could a new approach help prevent drunk driving?

For decades, government agencies and private organizations have worked diligently to try to reduce and stop drunk driving. With so many lives lost to drunk driving incidents, there is a need to find a way to successfully reduce them and keep them low. However, despite...

Why are probable causes to arrest fallible?

In Missouri, residents like you know not to hit the road after having a drink. Unfortunately, officer observation is not a fool-proof tool of DWI detection. Even if you did not consume any alcohol, you could end up getting into trouble. This is especially true when it...

Can a DWI change your college trajectory?

As a college student in Missouri, you want to maximize your college experience. You want to try new things, go new places and expand your horizons. Most importantly, you want to get started on figuring out your career path and establishing what you want to work toward...

What is Missouri’s Abuse and Lose law?

Missouri takes underage drunk and drugged driving offenses very seriously. In an effort to reduce the incident rate of such offenses, it enacted the “Abuse and Lose” law.  According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, Abuse and Lose applies to anyone under the age...

3 common defenses to a DWI charge

If you drink and drive, you could face charges for DWI. The Governors Highway Safety Association states that in Missouri and all other states except Utah, driving with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08% is illegal.  If the court convicts you of drinking...

Missouri Increases DWI Patrols For Holiday Weekend

If you’re looking forward to celebrating Labor Day Weekend a few days from now, you’re not alone. Given how difficult of a year it has been for Americans, many of us are eager for a three-day weekend and a chance to celebrate the unofficial end of Summer. Most adults...

Are field sobriety tests accurate?

Police officers sometimes use portable breath tests (PBTs) to check and see if a driver is intoxicated, but many breath tests and blood tests happen at the station. As such, officers need something they can use in the field, when it’s not clear if the driver is...

Distracted driving with a DWI penalty

Missouri residents charged with driving while intoxicated offenses may face a range of penalties should they be convicted of the charge. These penalties may include the payment of high fines, participation in substance abuse or treatment programs and even the loss of...