Ignition Interlock Laws in Missouri
When you are arrested for a DWI in Missouri your license can be suspended in two different ways:
- Administrative. This happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one. You have 15 days from the date of arrest to file a written request for an administrative hearing. If you do not request a hearing, or if it is unsuccessful, you must begin a suspension period which varies according to your prior record of offenses.
- Judicial. This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement.
You must deal with both suspensions in order to regain your driving privileges.
Missouri DWI Judicial Penalties
|Situation||Fine||Possible jail time||License suspension|
|1st Conviction||Up to $500||Up to 5 months||30 days|
|2nd Conviction||Up to $1,000||Up to 1 year||Up to 5 years|
|3rd Conviction||Up to $5,000||Up to 5 years||10 years|
- If your Missouri driving privileges have been is suspended or revoked, and you are is not currently eligible for license reinstatement, and but you need to drive for employment or other important reasons, you may be eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP)
- You must serve 30 days of your DWI-related suspension or revocation before obtaining the LDP license. In cases of refusal to take a chemical test, you must serve 90 days of the revocation
- For first offense, you usually do not have to stop driving with a suspended license if you install an ignition interlock device