You were once convicted of driving under the influence when you had just turned 21. Now, a few years later, you have been stopped again. You didn’t think you were over the limit, but the officer claimed that you were and placed you under arrest. Now, you’re facing your second DUI.

As someone with a past DUI, the possibility of a second is significant. If you’re convicted for a second offense, you may lose your license for a year. If this is the second time within five years, then you might have your license denied for up to five years.

As you can tell, Missouri takes drinking and driving, or driving while impaired, very seriously. When you have an arrest for drinking with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher, you will face both administrative and criminal charges. Minors with a BAC of .02% or higher face administrative sanctions.

When does the hearing take place?

Normally, you have 15 days to request a hearing from the date listed on the Notice of Suspension form. If you request a hearing about your case, you may be asked to appear in person or to call in by telephone.

If you intend to ask for a DUI hearing, it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney first. Your hearing is your opportunity to defend yourself and to refute the claims that have been made. It’s worth the time to talk to your attorney and discuss how to make the best impression on the court and to defend your right to your license.