Sometimes Connecticut residents travel to other states, like Missouri, for business or pleasure and have the unfortunate luck to be charged with a DUI. If this happens to you, you should first find a qualified DUI lawyer in Missouri, but you should also be aware of how Connecticut’s DMV will treat you upon your return.
Missouri DUI Penalties
If you have been convicted of a DUI in Missouri, you would be convicted of violating section 577.010 of the Missouri statutes.
In Missouri, the penalties for DUI can range depending on the number of prior DUI offenses you have.
First offense: This conviction carries a $500 fine and/or a jail sentence of up to six months. In some cases, the jail sentence can be suspended.
Second offense: This conviction will result in a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to one year. You must serve at least ten days in prison before you can be eligible for parole or probation unless you participate in a DWI court program or community service for 30 days.
Third offense: A third offense is considered a felony in the state of Missouri. If you are convicted of a DUI a third time, you will have to spend up to four years in jail and/or you will have to pay a fine of up to $500. You must spend 30 days in prison before you are eligible for parole or probation unless you participate in a DWI program or complete 60 days worth of community service.
Fourth offense: This is also a felony and will result in a prison sentence of up to seven years and/or a fine of up to $5,000. You must spend 60 days in prison before becoming eligible for parole or probation.
Fifth offense: You will have to serve a jail sentence of 5-15 years if you receive a fifth DUI conviction. Two years must be served in prison before you can be eligible for parole or probation.
If you are a Connecticut resident who has been charged with or convicted of DUI in Missouri, you should be aware that there are repercussions on your Connecticut license in your home state in addition to any license impact in Missouri as set forth above.
After hiring a Missouri DUI lawyer to help you fight your DUI, you should consider contacting a Connecticut DUI lawyer like our firm with experience in interstate DMV consequences or asking us to assist you in retaining one for your home state consequences.