DUI & DWI in MissouriPage Overview
If you drive while under the influence of alcohol, you risk your own life and the lives of every other motorist on the road. For this reason, the Missouri Department of Revenue's Driver Licensing Division has the authority to take away your driving privileges if you are found guilty of a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge.
According to Missouri law, drivers younger than 21 years of age will lose their driving privileges if they are found guilty of any of the following offenses:
- Purchasing alcoholic beverages
- Attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages
- Being in possession of alcoholic beverages
- Being visibly intoxicated
- Having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of more than .020%
Penalties for DUI include:
- Suspensions or revocations of your license.
- Jail time.
If a Missouri law enforcement officer asks you to take a test to find out your BAC level, you are legally required to comply with his/her request. If you refuse, your license will be taken away for 1 year.
As part of the state's commitment to protecting motorists, the Missouri Department of Revenue's Driver Licensing Division has the authority to request that any person convicted of a DWI be required to use an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.
An ignition interlock device conducts an alcohol breath test before allowing you to start your vehicle. You will have to install this device at your own expense and pay a monthly maintenance fee to insure that it is working properly.
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