The DUI Process in Kansas City

DUI charges in Missouri will set off a process with the criminal courts and the Missouri Department of Revenue (MDR). These two DUI cases work independently of each other, with unique deadlines and potential penalties. Understanding how the DUI process works in Kansas City—and throughout the state of Missouri—can help you navigate it more successfully if you or a loved one is ever arrested for or accused of a DUI.

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Administrative DUI Process in Kansas City

When traffic stops result in DUI arrests, the accused will typically get a Notice of Suspension/Revocation of Driving Privilege (Form 2385). This Notice will be provided by the police or the MDR. Once it has been issued, the accused will have 15 days to request a hearing with the Department of Revenue.

This hearing is the opportunity for the accused to defend themselves in the administrative DUI case. The outcome of the case will impact whether a driver’s license suspension and/or revocation will go into effect—or whether the accused gets to retain his or her license while the criminal case proceeds.

Failing to request or appear for the hearing will result in an automatic license suspension. So too will refusals to submit to chemical testing during the traffic stop.

Please be aware that:

  • The administrative hearing will move forward even if DUI charges are later dropped or dismissed.
  • Any license suspensions or revocations resulting from the administrative case will stand even if the case ends in an acquittal or dismissal later.

Criminal DUI Process in Kansas City

The criminal DUI case will go through the courts. It is the case in which the accused will face prosecutors and juries, with the possibility of jail or prison time if there’s a conviction in the case. Here’s how the criminal DUI process generally works in Kansas City, MO:

  1. The criminal DUI charges are filed: This can occur with or without an arrest. Similarly, DUI charges can be filed days after an arrest, which may be the case if prosecutors are waiting for the results of BAC tests from labs.

  2. The DUI arraignment occurs: The accused will be read the charges in court, before a judge, and (s)he will enter a plea to them during the arraignment. If a guilty plea is entered, the case will move forward to the sentencing phase. If a not guilty plea is entered, a date will be set for the DUI pretrial meeting

  3. The DUI pre-trial meeting occurs: This is a meeting between the judge, the defense, and the prosecutor. During this meeting, all parties explore options for resolving the case before trial. The defense often will look for opportunities to get dismissals, plead to lesser charges, or reduce the penalties at this phase. Prosecutors can be open to those options when they have little or questionable evidence (or when defense lawyers point out other problems with their cases).

  4. The DUI trial takes place: If the case cannot be resolved before trial, prosecutors and defense teams will litigate the DUI case before a judge and jury. During this phase, each side will present their evidence and make their arguments. The trial will end in a verdict of not guilty or guilty, based on the jury’s decision.

At every point in the DUI criminal process, having the representation of an experienced attorney is essential if you want the best chances of success and favorable resolutions. That’s because a DUI lawyer can:

  • Explain the defense options, gather the essential evidence, and build a strong case
  • Meet and talk to prosecutors to show them that you are a good person and that the charges and potential penalties don’t fit the circumstances (or potentially are unsupported by the available evidence)
  • Fiercely fight for you after an arrest and at every point thereafter, including when your case goes to court
  • Exhaust all opportunities to get you better resolutions

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If you or a loved one has been accused of a DUI, the sooner you contact Kansas City DUI Lawyer Denise Kirby, the better. Backed by deep experience in DUI defense, Attorney Denise Kirby is highly effective at fighting misdemeanor and felony DUI charges—and she knows how to win in even the toughest cases.

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