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Understanding Missouri’s ignition interlock device laws

In many cases, Missouri motorists who receive convictions for drunk driving must install what is known as an ignition interlock on their cars, vans or trucks, which are devices that prevent the vehicle from starting up until the driver provides a suitable breath sample. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize that ignition interlock devices can prove quite costly, in addition to being a hindrance, and we have helped many people facing drunk driving charges defend themselves against these allegations.

Kansas City man sentenced in drunk driving crash that killed two

Driving while intoxicated can result in serious penalties, even for people who are facing a first offense. When drunk driving charges involve previous convictions or crashes that cause fatalities, the repercussions can be significantly higher for Missouri residents. It is important to understand the grave consequences of driving drunk before charges occur.

What should you know about zero tolerance laws?

In Missouri, there are zero tolerance laws in effect. You may have heard of them in passing, and you may know that they can have a heavy impact on underage drivers. But exactly what purpose do zero tolerance laws truly have, and what impacts could you face if charged with an underage DUI?

How does Missouri's zero tolerance law affect minors?

As a Missouri resident, you have likely heard about the state government's "zero tolerance" policy for drinking and driving. There state's DWI laws cover several different charges, and there may be severe penalties if you drive while intoxicated or refuse to take a test for blood alcohol concentration. If you are under 21 years old, however, there are additional aspects of the zero tolerance policy that may affect you.

Field sobriety test inaccuracy rates

Like most people in Missouri, you have probably heard people talk about the field sobriety tests that may be used when a driver is suspected of being impaired. However, you may not fully understand what these tests are or how inaccurate they may really be. This can be important to anyone who has been charged with driving while intoxicated as they need to learn their defense options.

How much does a Missouri DUI affect auto insurance rates?

When a judge or jury convicts you of drinking and driving in Missouri, you can expect that your life will become exponentially more difficult in numerous ways. While a DUI can make it hard to find a job, hold down a job and otherwise keep up with your responsibilities, it can also prove tremendously expensive once you factor in fines, possible ignition interlock requirements and insurance rate hikes, among related expenses.

What are ignition interlock devices?

If you have been convicted of a DUI in Missouri or in many other states in the nation, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car. These devices allow you to drive on a restricted driver’s license, yet they monitor whether you have any alcohol in your system when you attempt to start your vehicle. Ignition interlock devices are breath test analyzers that are hooked up to your vehicles ignition system. Some models have cameras that attach to the dashboard of the car. In order to start the car, you must blow into a tube that is connected to the device. The device then determines your blood alcohol content level and will only start if it is below a preset limit. If you do have a BAC level that is above the limit, the vehicle will lock you out and you will be unable to drive.

The high cost of a drunk driving conviction

While it is no secret that a Missouri drunk driving conviction is a serious offense, many state residents do not fully understand the true, comprehensive costs associated with this type of crime. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have a firm understanding of just how much a driving under the influence conviction can cost you in the long run, and we have helped many clients facing similar circumstances defend themselves against such charges.

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