Empower Yourself, Know Your Rights

  1. Home
  2.  | 
  3. Dui
  4.  | How to protect your driving privileges after a DUI

How to protect your driving privileges after a DUI

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Dui |

Facing charges for driving under the influence involves complex administrative procedures that can significantly affect your life. In Missouri, these procedures include your administrative trial, which will dictate whether or not you can keep your driving privileges.

While administrative hearings following a DUI is a less formal procedure than criminal court trials, approaching it with a well-prepared strategy is crucial in mitigating the charges’ impact on your life.

Gather all relevant facts and documents

Start by collecting all documents relevant to your case. These include your arrest record, driving record and any paperwork you received during the time of your arrest. Understanding the details of your case is also crucial. Review the circumstances of your arrest and familiarize yourself with any tests you underwent, such as breathalyzer or field sobriety tests.

Prepare your testimony

Think about what you will say during the hearing. It would be best to practice your statements to ensure that you convey your points effectively. It is also important to stay calm and respectful during the hearing. Remember, this is your opportunity to present your case regarding your driving privileges.

Understand Missouri Law

Under Missouri law, it is critical to act promptly after receiving a Notice of Suspension/Revocation of Driving Privilege. You have a 15-day window from the date of the notice’s issuance to request an administrative hearing. Failing to do so can result in the automatic suspension of your license.

Your driving privileges are more than just a license; they are a crucial aspect of your daily life. They impact your independence, mobility and convenience, influencing everything from your work commute to managing family responsibilities. This makes it all the more significant to approach your DUI hearing with the seriousness it deserves.