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 […]
July 11, 2014

Felony DWI Convicts Could Soon Have Expanded Employment Rights

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Friday, July 11, 2014. A new ordinance in Kansas City could lift employment restrictions for those with a history of drunk driving convictions. Currently, people who have been convicted of felony DWI or a felony property crime are prohibited from obtaining an employee liquor permit for several years because of the criminal offenses. Now, those who are convicted of certain crimes may be able to shorten the waiting period for a liquor sales permit, which would expand available job options for a large population of […]
June 27, 2014

Man With Extensive History of DWI Convictions Pleads Guilty

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Friday, June 27, 2014. A Missouri man who has an extensive criminal history with about 150 arrests for various traffic violations was sentenced to a five-year prison term after causing a fatal accident. The defendant, age 56, made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter. Had the case gone to trial, the man would have faced charges of vehicular assault and second-degree murder. The defendant is accused of causing a hit-and-run accident that killed a 4-year-old boy and injured that […]
May 1, 2014

Man with Prior Record Gets 59-Year Term for Vehicular Assault

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Thursday, May 1, 2014. A Missouri man was sentenced to a 59-year prison term after causing an injurious drunk driving accident that wounded two youngsters and an adult. The defendant was accused of second-degree vehicular assault in connection with the accident. He was also charged with leaving the scene of the crash, among other violations. Authorities say that the 2009 incident occurred when the driver caused a wreck that seriously injured two children — ages 4 and 8 — along with a 27-year-old woman. Prosecutors […]
April 9, 2014

Defendant Facing Up to 7 Years Prison Time for Vehicular Assault

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Felony DWI on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. A 22-year-old Missouri man has entered guilty pleas for three criminal counts in connection with a fatal car wreck in 2012. The defendant has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault and one count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the case. It is not clear whether the manslaughter charge is officially considered vehicular manslaughter, though it does also carry weighty implications. Authorities say that the driver was intoxicated when he caused the fatal wreck in late 2012. The driver […]