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 […]
February 28, 2014

Driver Awaits Sentencing for DWI Charge After Three Delays

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Friday, February 28, 2014. A drunk driver who allegedly caused a fatal accident in 2012 may still be waiting for his day in court after sentencing was delayed yet again in his case. The Missouri man pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges in October 2013, one year after causing the deadly wreck. He was released on bond immediately after that criminal proceeding, and he has been free ever since. The man could be facing three to 14 years’ prison time in connection […]
February 21, 2014

Should Stoned Driving Warrant a DWI Charge?

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Friday, February 21, 2014. Missouri residents who have been stopped for drunk driving may be familiar with the standard panel of field sobriety tests. An officer will likely require drivers to follow a pen with their eyes, walk in a straight line and stand on one leg for 30 seconds. Drivers who complete those tests without incident are likely not intoxicated. So far, though, tests do not exist to accurately predict whether a stoned driver should face a DWI charge. With a […]
February 14, 2014

Missouri Mayor’s Son’s Charges Downgraded After DWI Traffic Stop

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Breath Test Refusal on Friday, February 14, 2014. The son of a Missouri mayor is facing allegations of careless driving in connection with a December encounter with officers. The man, age 25, had initially been suspected of drunken driving, but the charges were downgraded after the initial DWI traffic stop. Prosecutors in the case said they did not have enough evidence to bring DWI charges against the son of Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Authorities report that the man was pulled over in mid-December after officers saw him […]
February 12, 2014

Red-Light Camera Tickets Cannot be Enforced in St. Louis

By Jason Korner of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Red-Light Camera Tickets on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. A St. Louis Circuit judge ruled red-light camera tickets cannot be enforced in St. Louis City.  The judge ruled more than two months after petitions were filed on behalf of two women asking the court to uphold a prior ruling that the red-light camera tickets were not enforceable. The Circuit judge agreed with the petitioners and struck down the enforcement of the cameras. One of the chief complaints about red-light camera tickets is the tickets are simply a revenue […]