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St. Ann Woman Charged with Fifth DWI

Missouri law states a person who has pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty of four or more intoxication-related traffic offenses is labelled a “Chronic Offender”. Often times these convictions lead to significant loss of driving privilege, requirement to submit to continuous alcohol monitoring and long prison sentences.

This is what a local woman is facing after pleading guilty to her fifth DWI charge. The 49 year old woman pleaded guilty to a DWI chronic offender charge in St. Louis County Circuit Court on Monday and will be sentenced Jan. 23.

She was pulled over at 1:27 a.m. for speeding when the officer noticed “bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech, and a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.” The woman refused a breath test. After getting a warrant, a blood test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent.
Chronic Offender charges are very serious and required a serious defense. Bold and Aggressive attorneys like John Schleiffarth of JCS Law in Webster Groves can effectively fight charges like these. The law in these cases is very specific and even scientific. If you or a loved one is facing similar charges, don’t settle for prison, fight back.

Source: Stltoday.com, “St. Ann woman pleads guilty to fifth DWI”, Robert Patrick, Dec. 18, 2013

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St. Louis “No Refusal Zone”

According to Missouri Implied Consent law, you must submit to a breath test if you are lawfully stopped  by police and suspected for driving drunk. If you refuse, your drivers license is suspended/revoked for one year. In the past this left police and prosecutors with less evidence and good defense attorneys aggressively fighting over zealous cops.

Blood tests were once rare or seen only in serious accident DWI cases, but not anymore. In Missouri they have become common place in DWI cases, especially when the driver refuses to blow. St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Police Chief Sam Dotson and Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson planned a press conference Monday afternoon to announce a “No Refusal Zone” across St. Louis. They will announce their plan to take each individual who refuses to take a breath test to a local hospital to have their blood tested for alcohol. Police will have to obtain a search warrant for each of these cases.

St. Louis is not the first local jurisdiction to implement this  strategy. Franklin and St. Charles Counties have been doing this for some time now.

If you or someone you care about is forced to submit to a blood test for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, a good criminal defense lawyer may still be able to help. Law enforcement routinely make mistakes in procedures used during these types of traffic stops. A quality DWI attorney will find those mistakes and make sure they are not overlooked in court. With a good DWI lawyer, you can fight your charges and possibly even get them dropped.

Source: Fox2now.com, “St. Louis to become a DUI ‘No Refusal Zone'”, Kim Hudson, December 30, 2013

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Man charged with Felony DWI and 2nd-Degree Assault

wrecked carPolice say a man was headed eastbound on I-270 when he lost control of his 2001 Grand Prix and struck a 2000 Ford Explorer, causing it to roll over.

After being taken into custody by police, the man was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and 2nd-Degree Felony Assault.

You or a loved one may find yourself in a situation similar to this. When you do, a quality criminal defense attorney may be able to help. Often times law enforcement officers make mistakes when investigating these types of accidents. A good DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney may be to find these mistakes and make sure they don’t effect you negatively in court. A good lawyer may even be able to have charges dropped if enough mistakes were made by law enforcement.

Source: KMOV.com, “Man charged with DWI, assault after wreck shuts down I-270 for hours“, Stephanie Baumer and Brendan Marks, December 18, 2013

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Mom arrested for DWI after fireworks ignite in car

Police arrested a woman on suspicion of DWI involving drugs after fireworks ignited inside her car causing an accident that injured her and her two sons. Police allege she was impaired after taking prescription medication. She was also arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and child endangerment.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said someone in the vehicle apparently lit firecrackers and bottle rockets inside their 2008 GMC Acadia while heading north on I-270 near Clayton Road.

Koriath, 43, of Manchester, lost control of the vehicle. It went off the right side of the road, hitting a guardrail and two road signs. The inside of the van burned up.

An attorney with criminal defense experience could help this woman or any individual facing similar charges prepare and present a defense in court. The attorney could examine the details of the case and make a recommendation that suggest the focus of the defense should be on fighting against a conviction or negotiating for a plea deal that reduces the charges and the possible sentence. In some cases, convictions seem more likely and an attorney can decided if working towards a good plea deal is the best strategy for their client.

Source: STL Today, “Manchester mom arrested for DWI after fireworks ignite in SUV, causing crash“, Kim Bell, November 21, 2013

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Man Charged for Deadly Accident

A Collinsville man was alleged to have driven drunk when he crashed his car killing five people in Hamilton County.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Darrell G. Delong, 49, is charged with five aggravated DUIs and Reckless Homicide after five people died.
Robert L. Parker, 49, Lori S. Parker, 42, Tammy A. Delong, 35, and Katelynn Fancher, 16, all of Collinsville, died in the crash. Diana N. Wright, 23, of McLeansboro, IL was also killed. Darrell Delong was the lone survivor.

The accident occurred on Saturday, November 23rd, just before 10:30 pm on Hamilton County Road 750E and Hamilton County Road 1000N.
Authorities say Delong lost control of a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer and it rolled over several times.

Felony DWI charges may result in extensive jail time or fines. These penalties can place motorists in tough positions by forcing them into debt or limiting their job eligibility for years after they’re originally convicted. Those with families to support may not be able to provide for their children, and if they lose their driving rights, they may not even be able to perform basic tasks, such as taking care of their dependents on a daily basis. Alternate sentences could allow these individuals to attend to their responsibilities, and DWI defense attorneys might be able to help motorists structure defenses that increase their chances of successfully petitioning judges for reduced charges.

Source: KTVI, “Man charged with DUI in fatal crash that killed 5“, Vera Culley, December 6, 2013

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