Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE WILL MY CRIMINAL CASE BE HANDLED?
The St. Charles County DWI process begins by determining what court will handle the case. DWI charges in St. Charles County can be pursued in either the state court located near 5th Street, or in any of the municipal courts around the county. If you were arrested by a municipal officer from one of the municipalities such as O'fallon or St. Peters, then the charges will often be pursued in those municipal courts. If you were arrested by the Highway Patrol, then your case will be handled in the state court. If this is not your first DWI arrest, then there is a greater likelihood your case will be handled in the state court.
WHAT HAPPEN WHEN MY 15 DAY DRIVING PERMIT EXPIRES?
After your arrest, the police officer should have taken your physical driver's license and provided you with a piece of paper that allows you to drive for the 15 days following your arrest. Regardless of whether you took the breath test or refused it, you can challenge the driver's license suspension. Once the suspension has been challenged, you should be allowed to continue to drive for the duration of the driver's license case. It is important to know that you will not only be allowed to drive for work during this time, but you will enjoy full driving privileges.
DO I HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT?
If you have not hired a lawyer, then you must appear for your court date or a warrant will be issued for your arrest. If you hire a lawyer, then most of the time the lawyer can appear on your behalf at the court date so you do not have to miss work or school. In most cases there will be more than one court date, and you will have to appear in court at some point during the process, but if you have hired a good DWI lawyer then that lawyer will explain the process to you and be with you every step of the way.