Things You Didn’t Know About DWI/DUI

According to the CDC, 28 people die every day in the U.S. in motor vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This is so troubling and further proves that you shouldn’t drink and drive. In addition to possibly hurting or killing people, you also could be damaging your driving record or possibly getting a DUI or DWI in the process. If you find yourself getting a DWI or DUI, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch. Our DWI attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks will meet with you for a free consultation. Here are a few things you may not know about driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI).

Things You Didn’t Know About DWI/DUI

You Can Refuse to Take a Breathalyzer Test
Legally, you don’t have to take a breathalyzer test, but we sometimes advise you to take it if asked to. If you don’t, you risk angering the officer involved by being noncompliant and giving the prosecutor something to focus on in the case against you. In some counties in Misssouri, a warrant is issued when you refuse to submit to a breath test resulting in a blood draw.

You Can Get a DUI from Prescription Drugs
Depending on the prescription drugs you are taking, there’s a possibility you could become drowsy or physically unable to drive while on them. Pay attention to the side effects and if your doctor says not to drive while taking your medication, listen because if you don’t you could receive a DUI.

You Most Likely are on Camera
Some police cars have a dash camera attached to them and your actions are being recorded. Be aware of that when conversing with the officer.

You Don’t Have to Answer Questions When You Get Pulled Over
You have the right to be silent; however, if you are uncooperative with the officer, this could be a factor the prosecutor could use against you during your case.

Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks

Driving while intoxicated or under the influence can drastically affect your driving record and injure or kill those around you. We can’t stress enough, do not drink and drive. If you do find yourself getting a DWI or DUI, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for a free consultation today. In addition to DUI or DWI defense, we also provide criminal defense for the following:

  • driving while license is suspended or revoked
  • traffic offenses, including speeding, careless and imprudent driving, and failure to yield
  • boating while intoxicated
  • fraudulent checks, bad checks
  • stealing
  • robbery
  • burglary
  • assault
  • sexual misconduct/sex offenses
  • possession, manufacturing, and sale of drugs, such as:
  • methamphetamines
  • cocaine
  • marijuana
  • controlled prescription drugs
  • drug paraphernalia

At Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch, P.C., our attorneys know that every criminal defense case is different. For every case, we take into account the individual needs of the client. We do that by quickly getting information, advising the client of his or her rights, and then working to achieve the goals of the client. We know when to negotiate when to go to trial, and when to be aggressive. For more information on reliable legal service at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website at

Law Offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, & Welch, P.C.
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