DWI - DRiving While Intoxicated

Being charged with a DWI or other crime can be frightening time and going to court and administrative hearings can be very frustrating, confusing and time-consuming. Conviction can affect your driving record as maintained by the State, your right to drive, your insurance rates, your insurability, your employment, and possibly your freedom.

At the Richardson Law Firm, LLC we are committed to defending the rights of individuals charged with driving under the influence (DWI/DUI). We want to use our knowledge and experience to achieve the best possible outcome for you or your loved one. We focus our practice on serving the needs in the greater Springfield metropolitan area, including: Greene, Christian, Webster, Polk, Lawrence, Wright, Dade, Taney, Stone and Dallas Counties.

The official charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs varies by state. Some states, such as Missouri, refer to the offense as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Other states, refer to this criminal charge as Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Regardless of what the offense is called, all states use Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) to determine a driver's level of impairment.

A DWI Charge Is Really Two Separate Cases

Missouri DWI laws have two components to every charge of drunk driving. The first component is the actual criminal DWI charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired. The second component is the State administrative hearing pertaining to your driving privileges.

We believe that it is important for our clients to understand the charges against them, as well as the implications of the charges. However, the State of Missouri has strict time limits which affect your rights. Therefore, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately. The time period may be as short as 15 days from the day of arrest to request a hearing to protect your right to drive.

It is the job of the prosecutor to represent the State of Missouri. They are trained to prosecute and to obtain convictions. Who is on your side?


If you want someone with years of experience, then contact the Richardson Law Firm, LLC today or call 417-890-1900 for a free initial consultation about your case.