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 […]
August 29, 2014

How Aggressive Criminal Defense Can Help Those Facing DWI Charges

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Friday, August 29, 2014. Do you need an aggressive attorney for your drunk driving case? If you are a Missouri resident who is facing a first offense DWI — or a subsequent allegation — you may benefit from the tenacious representation provided by our legal team. Facing DWI charges in Missouri can be confusing and scary. These charges can also have a significant impact on your future, depending on your line of work and social goals. Protect yourself against such serious implications […]
August 22, 2014

Missouri Initiative Uses DWI Traffic Stops to Target Drivers

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Breath Test Refusal on Friday, August 22, 2014. A new Missouri enforcement initiative called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over has been launched in jurisdictions throughout the state. The initiative is designed to use additional resources to achieve higher DWI arrest rates. DWI traffic stops will play a role in the enforcement effort, which is slated to continue through the first of September. Official reports show that about one out of every three fatal crashes on Missouri roads involve an intoxicated driver. This statistic has propelled organizations such […]
August 15, 2014

What Can Cause License Suspension and Revocation in Missouri?

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Driver’s License Suspension or Revocation on Friday, August 15, 2014. Possessing a driver’s license in Missouri is a privilege conferred by the government — not an inviolate right. As a result, scores of local residents have their drivers’ licenses revoked every year because of moving violations. Even minor offenses may be seen as reasons to pursue license suspension or revocation. However, there are a few key categories of violations that will almost certainly lead to license suspension for a criminal defendant. First, those who are accused of driving […]
August 8, 2014

The 3 Types of Drunk Driving Charge Traffic Stops

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Friday, August 8, 2014. If you have never been arrested for a drunk driving offense, you may not be familiar with the process that occurs after a police officer pulls you over. After the traffic stop has occurred and the field sobriety tests are complete, you may find yourself in police custody or under arrest. What led up to this point? Today, we explain the steps that come before a DWI charge for a Missouri resident. There are three ways in which […]
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