Protecting Your Interests In Defense Of DWI Charges

If you need advice about the best way to avoid punishment or a lengthy driver's license suspension on DWI (or DUI) charges, contact criminal defense attorney L. G. Copeland at The Copeland Law Firm in Columbia, Missouri. His experience with the investigation and analysis of the evidence against you can help you avoid the worst consequences of a DWI conviction.

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Recent changes to Missouri's drunk driving laws make it harder than ever to defend against DWI charges. One option that is no longer available for defendants is the opportunity to plead a drunk driving arrest down to a non-alcohol related moving violation. You will need to decide whether to fight a DWI charge in court or work toward a guilty plea on the best possible terms. Mr. Copeland has gone to trial in many DWI cases in Missouri over the last 25 years and, so far, has been successful in all of them.

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Mr. Copeland's 25 years of trial experience is invaluable in the evaluation of the evidence against you. He knows what the prosecution needs to prove to get a DWI conviction, and he knows how to spot the weaknesses that might complicate the government's case. There are literally hundreds of issues to check, such as:

  • Did the arresting officer have a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing sufficient to justify pulling you over?
  • Did the officer have probable cause to suspect you of drunk driving?
  • Did the officer administer field sobriety and blood alcohol concentration tests correctly?
  • Were your test results properly evaluated and stored with proper documentation?

Mistakes at any of these stages can give you a chance to win an early dismissal of the DWI/DUI case so that you will not even need to think about a defense at trial.

If you choose to take your case to court, he knows how to present favorable expert evidence in cases where the toxicology reports or arresting officer's report expose gaps in the case against you. Again, Mr. Copeland has gone to trial in many DWI/DUI cases in Missouri over the last 25 years and, so far, has been successful in all of them.

If you choose instead to accept a plea bargain, Mr. Copeland can also serve as a strong and effective advocate and protect your interests before the Drivers License Bureau in a suspension or reinstatement hearing. An effective DWI defense lawyer can help minimize the consequences of a conviction, even in a guilty plea.

For more information about his ability to handle your DWI or DUI case, contact Mr. Copeland at The Copeland Law Firm in Columbia, Missouri.