With each passing year, the government continues to crack down on DWIs. It makes the penalties harsher and obtaining favorable outcomes more difficult. Your attorney is the only person standing between you and the government. You need a skilled attorney who will aggressively defend your case. Sometimes, DWI cases should be tried to a jury. If that time comes, you need an attorney who has been there before. Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher will fight for your rights.
DWI Attorney in St Louis, MO
Helping to keep motorists safe on the road are a number of laws that are determined and implemented on a state and national level. From posted speed limits and turning instructions to listing approved and unapproved driving conditions, these laws are designed to bring order to an otherwise chaotic and ambiguous process.
While these laws help to create guidelines, they are (at best) a loose fit. It is not uncommon for individuals to either fall through the cracks when it comes to proper processing of the laws or for law enforcement to not follow proper protocol. This can be seen in DUI and DWI Laws across the country. Falling under the domain of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), dwi is classified as driving while intoxicated while dui stands for driving under the influence. Dwi is often considered administrative while dui is considered criminal. More often than not, states are beginning to tack on the additional offense of having a blood alcohol level of more than .08.
The Reason You Need A DWI Attorney: What Happens When You Are Arrested
The reason why you need a dwi attorney is because from the moment you are pulled over to after you are arrested, you will require representation. In addition to providing you with legal council, dwi lawyers can aid in your defense and review your case more thoroughly to ensure that everything was done by the book and that you are treated fairly in this process.
When do you need to hire a dwi attorney? The answer is the first moment you can. The sooner you have representation, the sooner you can protect yourself against unlawful police procedure. Dwi laws can be challenging to make out and confusing to say the least. With legal defense on your side, you will get the best possible results from the situation.
Choose The Best DWI Attorneys To Defend You
Believing that every person deserves fair and equal judgment under the law, we have among the best dwi attorneys in the state. Specializing in these cases, our staff will be aware of what needs to be done and help you go through the arrest and subsequent hearings fully informed and knowledgeable of your rights. Don’t let a court system and police department bully you into doing something without having representation that can help you figure out the details.
Driving While Intoxicated
Many attorneys you speak with will tell you that, “DWI cases cannot be won” or “there is nothing you can do to save your license.” At Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher, we believe that DWI cases can be won, and there is a lot that can be done. Our attorneys have tried numerous complex DWI jury trials throughout the state. We have tried breath test cases, blood test cases and DWI drug cases. Frequently, through aggressive representation, our attorneys have obtained dismissals or reduced charges and avoided a trial for their client altogether.
What is the key to successfully defending DWI cases? At Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher, we believe it is preparation, knowledge and experience. Mr. Hollingshead and Mr. Eccher are members of the National College for DUI Defense, have received advanced training in gas chromatography (i.e. Missouri’s primary blood testing instrument), breath testing and standardized field sobriety testing. They have represented hundreds of clients accused of driving while intoxicated. Additionally, Mr. Hollingshead and Mr. Eccher have taught other attorneys throughout the state on various DWI related subjects, including blood and breath testing.
There is no doubt you are scared, and you want information. We put this website together to help you. Throughout this site, you will find information regarding breath testing, blood testing, DWI drug cases, field sobriety testing and license cases. When you are ready, call Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher for a free consultation.
Remember, there are extremely important deadlines that apply to your license, so do not delay.
Many people incorrectly believe that a first offense DWI is “no big deal.” What many people don’t realize, however, is that even a misdemeanor DWI conviction can affect your future. Many big companies (especially the government and financial companies) run sophisticated background searches, and a DWI can affect your employment. If you lose your license as a result of a misdemeanor DWI, your driving record may forever be tarnished. A DWI on your driving record can result in higher insurance rates, the loss of a company vehicle or worse.
Probably the most important long-term consideration is the risk of future DWIs. Although all of our first offense DWI clients fully intend to avoid future arrests for DWI, things happen. Sometimes they are innocent; their arrest the result of overzealous police work. Other times, they simply made another mistake. Whatever the cause, receiving a second DWI can have serious consequences ranging from a conviction to jail time. Receiving a third can result in up to four years in prison. As a result, it is important to vigorously fight every DWI case.
The good news is that, with a skilled attorney, it is oftentimes possible to avoid the loss or your license and protect your criminal record. To learn more, contact Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher for a free consultation.
If you have two or more prior DWIs from anywhere in the country, you can be charged with felony DWI in Missouri. Prosecutors around the state are cracking down on repeat DWI offenders, with many prosecutors recommending several years in prison for a felony DWI. If you are facing a felony DWI, you need a skilled DWI defense attorney to fight your case. In most cases, the only way to improve the prosecutor’s recommendation is to take depositions and prepare the case as if it might go to trial. In many cases, trying the case is the only way to potentially avoid a felony conviction.
Like all felony convictions, being convicted of a felony DWI carries significant collateral consequences. In addition to potential prison time, convicted felons are prevented from voting, owning firearms, obtaining concealed carry permits and serving on jury duty. In addition, convicted felons are prevented from holding many public offices throughout the State of Missouri.
The good news is that, like all DWIs, felony DWIs can be fought. Nearly every DWI investigation is open to attack by a skilled defense attorney. Were the field sobriety tests properly administered? Were you even a candidate to take the field sobriety tests? Was the breath test result reliable? Was the blood test result reliable? To assist you in understanding this process, we have put together information throughout this site about each of these subjects. Please take the time to look through the information and call Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher immediately for a free consultation.
Nearly everybody knows that if, while driving drunk, you injure a person in another vehicle, you can be charged with felony assault. What many people do not know is that you can be charged with felony assault for injuring somebody in your own vehicle. That is true even if you are related to or good friends with that person.DWI assault is a serious crime, carrying punishments as high as 15 years in prison. To defend against this type of crime, you need a skilled DWI defense attorney. Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher has represented numerous people in your shoes and is here to help.Right now, more than anything, you want information. To help you understand the process, throughout this site we have provided information about everything from the criminal process to beating a blood test. Please take the time to look through the information on this site, and call Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher immediately for a free consultation.
Whether you are accused of manslaughter, because you allegedly drove drunk or because you were allegedly driving recklessly, you need aggressive representation. The key to beating a manslaughter case is beating the underlying accusation. If you weren’t driving drunk, you didn’t commit manslaughter. If you weren’t driving recklessly, you didn’t commit manslaughter.
At Hollingshead, Paulus & Ecche, we fight tirelessly for our clients. We work hard to beat the underlying charge resulting in manslaughter or assault. We have also provided information throughout this site to assist you in understanding the process and how Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher will fight to clear your name. After you have reviewed this information, call us immediately for a free consultation.
DWI drug cases are increasingly common. Many police departments have spent considerable amounts of time and money training their officers in detecting drug impaired drivers. Fortunately, DWI drug cases can be fought. At the Hollingshead Law Firm, we have represented numerous drivers accused of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, and we have tried DWI drug cases throughout the State of Missouri. Throughout this page, we have included information that we believe you will find helpful. After you have read the information, call Hollingshead, Paulus & Eccher today for a free consultation.
Last year, we represented a client in Greene County, Missouri charged with driving under the influence of his own prescriptions. He was being treated by a psychiatrist for a number of mental diseases and had been prescribed a laundry list of drugs for anxiety, depression and psychosis. A concerned citizen saw our client’s vehicle driving erratically down the roadway, almost striking several cars and buildings. When the police responded, they observed our client’s vehicle crossing the centerline of a four lane, busy roadway and almost striking several additional objects. After being pulled over, our client was administered a drug recognition evaluation (DRE) to determine if he might be impaired by drugs. As part of the DRE, our client was administered almost a dozen field sobriety tests and countless more physiological tests such as testing his vital signs. Needless to say, our client performed extremely poorly on all tests and was arrested for DWI. Our client took a urine test, which subsequently revealed the presence of almost half a dozen potentially impairing drugs, all of which he had a valid prescription for. Nobody was more surprised than our client when he was charged with a DWI. He was even more surprised when the prosecuting attorney wanted him to take a conviction, lose his license for an extended period of time and, worse of all, do jail time! After a two day jury trial, our client was convicted for driving while intoxicated. The jury was extremely sympathetic to our client’s situation, but reasoned that “the law is the law,” and the jury must follow it. Fortunately for our client, the judge was also sympathetic. Instead of sending our client to jail, the judge gave him community service. The fact that our client avoided jail time was a small consolation to the significant attorneys’ fees he spent taking the case to trial and the time he lost dealing with the case.Most of us know that if you drive under the influence of an illegal drug such as cocaine, you could be charged with DWI. Many of us know that if you take somebody else’s prescriptions and drive under the influence of those drugs, you could be charged with DWI. You may not have known, however, that you can receive a DWI for driving under the influence of your own prescription drugs. Certainly, our Greene County client didn’t know. Missouri’s DWI statute (RSMo. § 577.010) states that “a person commits the crime of ‘driving while intoxicated’ if he operates a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged condition.” There is no exception under Missouri law for driving while intoxicated on your own prescriptions. If the State can show that you were impaired and the impairment is consistent with the drugs found in your system, you could be convicted. Since we all take potentially impairing prescription drugs from time-to-time (i.e. Vicodin, Xanax or Codeine), what are we supposed to do? We have to drive, right? Wrong. The best advice is to follow the recommendations of your doctor and pharmacist regarding “operating heavy machinery” (yes, that means a car) when you are taking your prescriptions. Since all drugs affect people differently, it is important for you to see how your prescriptions are going to affect you before driving.