DWI: What Happens to Your License


When you are charged with a driving while intoxicated (DWI) there are consequences to your license. Normally your license will either be suspended or revoked based upon what happened. We can help you work through this and fight to keep your driver’s license.

If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, you need a skilled St. Louis DWI Attorney who can defend your rights and take the necessary steps to protect your freedom and future.

Here are the different types of scenarios if you recently received your first DWI or DUI charge.

Took Breathalyzer Test

If you took the breathalyzer test then the officer would have given you MO Form 2385. This is a temporary driving permit that allows you to keep driving for 15 days from the date of the arrest. Then after the 15 days have elapsed your license will be set to be suspended for 90 days.

You do have options. A skilled DWI defense lawyer will file a “request for administrative hearing.” You only have 15 days from the date of arrest to request the hearing. Otherwise it is lost. This stops the suspension from immediately being imposed and you will get an extension of temporary driving privileges. This allows us time to obtain the police report and all of the evidence surrounding your arrest for driving while intoxicated. If the officer made any mistakes then we will have a hearing where we argue for your license suspension to be thrown out.

Refused Breathalyzer Test

If you refused the breathalyzer test then your license will be revoked for a period of one year due to a “chemical action revocation.” We can file a Petition for Review with the local circuit court to stop the revocation from happening. The Judge can issue a stay order that will allow you to keep driving until a hearing has been held.

Facing DWI Charges Our St. Louis DWI Defense Attorneys Can Help You!

The attorneys at Miller & Hine have a strong grasp of the Missouri criminal code and have an in-depth understanding of the internal workings of the state’s criminal justice system. It’s very important that you speak with a lawyer immediately after being charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). We can fight for you to keep your license.

Call us today at (314) 413-2053 or reach us online to request a free consultation (phone or in-person) with one of our criminal defense attorneys.