August 9, 2016

New Police Tactics for Rural Missouri DWI Cases

New Police Tactics for Rural Missouri DWI Cases It has recently come to my attention that some counties in Missouri are employing a bold new strategy for the investigation of DWI cases. The police in these counties have been told not to administer any field sobriety tests as part of a drunk driving investigation. This bold strategy comes directly from the elected prosecuting attorney in those counties, which raises significant issues about the role of a prosecutor in criminal investigations, but I will get to that in a minute. The goal of this new strategy is to keep skilled DWI […]
July 26, 2016

Can a DWI Be Expunged in Missouri?

Although many crimes cannot be expunged in Missouri, a DWI is one of the exceptions. Not only can a DWI be expunged in Missouri, but if a person meets the statutory requirements for expungement, then the court must grant the expungement. This is a major difference from the limited expungements available in other types of criminal cases where the expungement is at the discretion of a judge. The requirements that must be met for a DWI to be expunged are laid out in RSMo Section 577.054, those requirements are:   Ten years must pass from the time of the offense; […]
July 26, 2016

St. Louis Criminal Lawyers File Suit Against Police

Two St. Louis criminal defense lawyers and a civil rights attorney have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking compensation for a client due to police and prosecutor misconduct. The criminal case that led to this lawsuit is the local equivalent to the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. Lincoln County police, with the assistance of the Lincoln County prosecutor handling the case, ignored key pieces of evidence that were proof a man charged with murdering his wife was actually innocent. Based on the police’s own timeline, the husband had an airtight alibi because he was nearly thirty miles away at […]
July 19, 2016

What is the Difference Between DUI and DWI?

When people find out I am a DWI defense lawyer I get asked a number of questions, but one common question is “What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI?” I even remember getting asked this question back when I was in law school and really had no idea about the answer. There was a time back then when I had the mistaken belief that one was related to alcohol intoxication and the other was related to drug intoxication. That answer was wrong, that is not the difference between a DUI and a DWI. The real answer to […]
July 13, 2016

Is Uber the End of DWI’s? What About Self-Driving Cars?

As a DWI defense lawyer I get asked these questions often. The Uber question has been much more frequent since Uber finally came to St. Louis last year. The self-driving car question is starting to pop up more and more as well. The truth of the matter is that Uber is only an improvement on an option that was already available to people: taxis. Uber is much more efficient, and I do believe people are less likely to drive drunk now that Uber is an option because it overcomes several obstacles that have plagued the taxi industry such as long […]
March 28, 2013

Third Violation Prompts Felony DWI Charge for St. Louis Man

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Not long ago, police in Creve Couer pulled over a 62-year-old man they suspected was driving under the influence of alcohol shortly after midnight. After determining that the man was over the legal limit, the officers arrested him on felony DWI charges. Under Missouri law, repeat offenders may be subject to a more serious felony charge, which threatens the accused person’s freedoms. According to police records, the man in question has been found guilty of drunk driving on two previous occasions […]
March 20, 2013

Man Acquitted of DWI After Being Forced to Submit to Blood Draw

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Breath Test Refusal on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Although the verdict wasn’t reached in a Missouri court, a recent DWI story out of another state is reminiscent of a Missouri case that will soon be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The primary legal question in both cases is whether or not it is a violation of constitutional rights to force drunk driving suspects to submit to a blood test without a warrant. In the out-of-state case, a man charged for drunk driving was finally acquitted after years […]
March 14, 2013

Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, Missouri Police Ramp Up DWI Patrols

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Thursday, March 14, 2013. It’s not uncommon for police departments to increase the number of patrols out on holiday weekends. As such, law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri have made it very clear that they will be out in full force over the course of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the intention seeking out drunk drivers. Of course, this announcement doesn’t mean that people in the St. Louis area should abandon plans to have fun with friends, but it is a […]
March 5, 2013

St. Louis Woman Facing Felony DWI After Wrong-Way Crash

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. In Missouri, when an injurious car accident leads to DWI charges, the possible penalties a driver could face upon conviction are very serious. A strong DWI defense is crucial to protecting a defendant’s rights and freedom. A 44-year-old St. Louis woman will need precisely this kind of defense after her car collided with another vehicle while going the wrong way on a local highway. Two people in the other vehicle were seriously injured, and now the accused driver is up against […]
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