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 […]
January 29, 2014

Man Avoids DWI Charge After Being Found Drunk on Horse with Tot

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. A man on probation in Missouri is accused of a variety of violations after being found drunk on a horse with a child that was not his. The man is not facing a formal DWI charge in the matter. Authorities have instead arrested the man for public intoxication and child endangerment. Although it might sound strange for a drunk man to end up on a horse with a 3-year-old boy, there is a somewhat reasonable explanation. The man […]
January 23, 2014

Prior Offender Could Get 45 Years for DWI Charges

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Driver’s License Suspension or Revocation on Thursday, January 23, 2014. A Missouri man who has been characterized as a “prior and persistent offender” may face a 45-year sentence in connection with a drunk-driving accident that left three people injured. The 35-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a variety of charges in connection with that injurious accident, including second-degree vehicular assault and leaving the scene of a car accident. Further, the man is accused of driving with an active license suspension in effect on at least two occasions within […]
January 15, 2014

Man Facing Drunk Driving Charge for Injurious August Accident

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. An out-of-state driver is facing charges of second-degree assault by operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was indicted by Missouri judge this month. The man, age 27, is accused of causing an accident in early August 2013 west of Carthage, injuring one man so severely that he was sent to the hospital emergency room. That driver admitted to drinking before getting behind the wheel, and he reportedly failed field sobriety tests at the scene of the accident. […]
January 10, 2014

Missouri Man Gets 14 Years for Vehicular Manslaughter

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Friday, January 10, 2014. A 34-year-old Missouri man will spend 14 years in prison in connection with a car accident that killed his young son and injured four other victims. The man was recently sentenced in connection with the car accident. He had pleaded guilty to several charges, including involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault. The man received a total of 21 years’ prison time, but two of the sentences will be served concurrently, lowering the total to 14 years. Official reports show that the vehicular […]