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MO DWI and leaving the scene of an accident

1 Answers. Asked on Mar 11th, 2012 on DUI/DWI - Missouri
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My friend hit a parked car last night and, being inebriated, stupidly left the scene of the accident. He was subsequently pulled over as the police had seen him hit the car. His blood alcohol level was .19 upon testing (by breathalyzer), and he is currently charged with a DWI and leaving the scene of an accident, both as misdemeanors. He was not warned about the implied consent law. This is his first DWI, and in fact his first time being charged with anything. Exactly how much trouble is he in, and would this be a case where diversion or SIS/SES might be a good thing to try? Any information is helpful, thank you in advance.
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Answered on Mar 18th, 2012 at 1:42 PM

It really depends upon the county in which this occurred.  He is fortunate both of the charges are misdemeanors.  Some counties grant Suspended Imposition of Sentences (SIS), while some don't, only granting Suspended Execution of Sentences (SES).  It is important for him to hire an attorney within 15 days of the date of the arrest, otherwise, his license will be suspended without getting a challenge.  The Leaving the Scene of an Accident charge is the more serious offense, as not only is it a Class A Misdemeanor (the DWI is a Class B), but it also carries a one year loss of driving privileges with no chance for a hardship.

Thank you,

Andrew D. Popplewell
Eng & Woods Law Firm
903 E. Ash
Columbia, MO 65201
573-874-4192 (fax)

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