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Father goes to prison for crash that killed son

DWI Manslaughter AccidentA Missouri man received four separate seven-year prison sentences for his involvement in a traffic accident that killed his 3-year-old son and injured four other people. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the man’s eastbound Toyota crossed the center line and collided with a westbound 2005 Ford Explorer. A Chevrolet Impala struck the Explorer after the initial collision. In addition to his son’s death, four people involved in the crash were injured.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the man was observed after the accident “…stumbling around and had the strong odor of an intoxicating beverage emitting from him …His speech was slurred and he spoke slow.”

The man refused a breath test so The Highway Patrol seized a blood sample under exigent circumstances, meaning troopers had no warrant with which to search him or obtain his blood. The sample taken approximately 2 hours after the crash showed him having a blood alcohol content of .067, however a blood sample taken by the hospital 33 minutes after the crash showed him with a blood alcohol content of .102 which is higher than the legal limit of .08 in Missouri.

In tragic circumstances such as these, someone being accused of DWI Manslaughter needs an attorney that can aggressively defend their client who is already suffering consequences of his own. An aggressive and experienced Missouri DWI defense lawyer can fight your case by challenging probable cause, evidence, how sobriety tests were performed and a great deal of other ways depending on your case.

There are mistakes made in investing accidents such as these, a quality DWI and criminal defense lawyer will find these mistakes and use them to effectively defend their client.

Source: KSDK.com, Missouri father gets prison terms for crash that killed son”, Rance Burger, Jan 7, 2014

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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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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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