January 23, 2013

DWI Courts Emerging as Alternative to Fines, Jail

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. It’s no secret that serious fines, jail time, and lengthy or permanent license suspensions can follow a conviction on drunk driving charges. The penalty for being found guilty of DUI or DWI can potentially upend a person’s entire life, putting a brake on not only their finances and mobility, but also marrying them to a negative social stigma that can last long after a sentence has been served. Part of a wider attempt to more comprehensively change and […]
January 16, 2013

Supreme Court Hears Local Breathalyzer Refusal Case

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Breath Test Refusal on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. When a person is pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the common practice is for an officer to ask the driver to submit to a breathalyzer blood-alcohol test. While other sobriety tests such as field coordination examinations and direct syringe extraction of blood for medical testing are available, most often the breathalyzer test is relied upon to determine intoxication. Drivers in Missouri, indeed in all 50 states, have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test after being pulled over, […]
January 8, 2013

Christmas Weekend Sees Spike in DUIs

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. As we noted in a past post, the holiday season brings about a heightened presence of DUI and DWI patrols by both local and state authorities. Whether they were on quiet urban streets or sprawling interstate highways, officers kept a keen watch over Missouri drivers over the “four day weekend” that proceeded and included both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Figures released from the Missouri Highway Patrol have shown that this year a great deal of local motorists […]
December 31, 2012

AAA Joins Call for Mandatory Ignition Locks

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Monday, December 31, 2012. Earlier this month we brought you information on the National Transportation Safety Board’s call for mandatory ignition interlock devices’ inclusion for all DUI and DWI convictions, including first-time offenders. Now it seems another automotive travel association has echoed the NTSB’s statements, making it all the more likely that sweeping national legislation may soon be enacted. The automotive non-profit organization AAA last week voiced its official support for ignition interlocks as a mandatory sentence term for all drunk driving […]
December 25, 2012

Holiday Season Brings Heightened DUI Patrols

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. The holiday season is always meant to be a positive time of the year. Whether it be the exchange of gifts, reunions with loved ones, or contributing to a charitable community, the traditions typically associated with this of year center around giving and happiness. One possible gift many Missourians will receive this time of year however is neither desirable nor happy, and is has the potential to be more expensive than any other they will be given: a […]
April 3, 2013

Pennsylvania Breath Test Ruling Calls Into Question Missouri DWI Procedures

By The Law Office of Jason A. Korner of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in DWI / Drunk Driving Charges on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. A DWI attorney in Pennsylvania recently challenged the value of breath test evidence for DWI cases in the State of Pennsylvania in Commonwealth v. Schildt. The judge hearing the case ruled that no breath test result below a 0.05% or above a 0.15% was valid given the testing procedures for Pennsylvania. There are several important issues that arise from this ruling for DWI cases in the St. Louis area and for Missouri […]
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 […]
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