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In America, we have a freedom and court system unparalleled anywhere in the world. Our criminal justice system takes a universal approach that all people charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. In the United States, a person is only convicted of a crime in one of three ways:

  • Admission of Guilt (Confession)
  • Found Guilty by Jury of Peers
  • Found Guilty by a Judge

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you should seek out the legal advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your personal freedom and civil rights are at stake. Criminal law attorney Mike Watkins will meet with you for a FREE Consultation to discuss how his 30 years of legal experience can help you secure the best possible outcome.

Our criminal law firm represents and vigorously defends clients charged with crimes at the local and state level. We handle a wide variety of criminal defense cases, including (but not limited to):

Regardless of how minor a criminal charge may seem, you cannot afford to risk your personal freedom. Punishment for criminal convictions range from a fine to time in jail or prison, depending on the severity of punishment.

Contact criminal defense attorney Mike Watkins to schedule a FREE Consultation and put our 30 plus years of legal experience to work for you. You have too much at risk to ignore or underestimate the impact a criminal charge.

St Charles county DWI attorney Mike Watkins defends clients charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) throughout St Charles county. Located in O'Fallon, Missouri, our criminal defense law firm has helped people through both the criminal charge and the administrative hearing associated with a charge of drunk driving.

Many people think of a DWI charge as a traffic violation, but it is, in fact, a criminal charge and can have severe fines and penalties. A DWI charge actually consists of two separate and distinct cases:

  • Criminal charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated
  • Administrative hearing pertaining to your driving privileges

A DWI Charge consists of demonstrating a person's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) at the time the vehicle was operated and/or the driver's level of impairment while operating the vehicle.

In Missouri, the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) threshold for DWI is 0.08 for drivers 21 years of age or older. For drivers under 21 years old, the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is just 0.02.

In rare cases, a driver may be convicted of DWI despite his/her BAC being under the 0.08 threshold. In these cases, driver impairment determined the outcome of the case.

DWI Administrative Hearing
When charged with DWI, you are entitled to an administrative hearing before the Department of Revenue. This is your opportunity to defend yourself against the civil aspects of the DWI charge. At the administrative hearing, a Hearing Officer will determine if your driver's license should be suspended, revoked, or charges dismissed.

The decisions made at your administrative hearing relate to that hearing only, and do not impact the criminal DWI charge against you.

DWI Criminal Charge
The criminal court process of DWI proceeds the same way as other cases involving criminal charges. There will be an arraignment which requires a plea of guilty or not guilty. Conditions of your release, amount of bail, and other decisions will be determined by the Judge during the arraignment.

After the arraignment you may need to appear at a number of pre-trial court appearances. An experienced criminal defense attorney who has handled previous DWI cases will be able to guide you through this stressful and often confusing court process.

DWI charges should not be taken lightly. If you or a loved one have been charged with DWI, it is imperative that you contact DWI attorney Mike Watkins immediately as you only have 15 days to file for an administrative hearing or else you will lose your driving privileges.

Contact DWI attorney Mike Watkins now to schedule a FREE Consultation and learn how our experience can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your specific situation.

If you have been arrested and charged with a drug offense, it is imperative that you seek an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible regardless of whether it is related to marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine or other substance.

You have specific rights that should be protected; however, police officers are only required to inform you of your rights, not help you understand your rights. If you are found guilty of drug possession, the sentence could range from a fine and counseling to years of incarceration in prison.

Our criminal defense lawyer knows how to shoot holes in the prosecution’s case and can help you get the best possible results for your specific circumstances. We defend a wide variety of drug related criminal charges, including:

  • Drug trafficking charges
  • Drug possession with intent to deliver charges
  • Drug possession with intent to distribute charges
  • Drug sales charges
  • Cultivation of marijuana charges
  • Manufacturing a controlled substance charges
  • Possession of a controlled substance charges
  • Maintaining a house where drugs are sold or kept charges
  • Facilitating a drug transaction by communication device (telephone) charges
  • Money laundering charges
  • Possession/use of a firearm during a trafficking offense charges

Criminal defense attorney Mike Watkins will vigorously and aggressively defend you against the prosecution’s drug charges. Our experience of more than 30 years in law provides us with a unique advantage in defending our clients.

Contact us online to schedule a FREE Consultation and learn how the law applies to your specific situation. As criminal defense attorneys, we know how to afford you protection under the law. Our education and experience make a difference.

Often, rather than serving imprisonment under the normal punishment of a criminal conviction, the Court may elect to place the convicted offender on probation. Probation is a process whereby the Court may release an offender without incarceration or other imprisonment after being found guilty of the crime.

Probation has specific conditions that must be met in order to avoid serving time in jail or prison. These conditions are determined by the Court and typically include requirements such as:

  • Supervision by the Court
  • Supervision by Missouri State probation and parole
  • Supervision by a private probation company (Kansas City area)
  • Avoidance of any additional criminal convictions
  • Others conditions as determined by the Court

Two common forms of probation are:

  1. Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS)
  2. Suspended Execution of Sentence (SES)

Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS)
A Suspended Imposition of Sentence, often called SIS, is a type of probation wherein the offender pleads guilty or is found guilty of the offense, and is placed on SIS probation for a specific period of time. A sentence of incarceration is not given at this time as it is suspended. If the offender successfully completes the probationary period according to the conditions of the probation, the conviction does not “show” on the offender’s record.

Suspended Execution of Sentence (SES)
A Suspended Execution of Sentence, often called SES, is a type of probation wherein the offender pleads guilty of is found guilty of the offense, and is placed on SES probation for a specific period of time.

With a Suspended Execution of Sentence (SES), the Court imposes a sentence of incarceration and suspends executing this sentence for the duration of the probation period. If the offender completes the probation according to the conditions provided by the Court, no jail or prison time will be served.

However, unlike SIS, SES will result in a conviction “showing” on the offender’s record, even if no imprisonment is served and the probation is completed successfully.

Who Gets Probation
Many people wrongly believe all first time offenders receive a form of probation rather than incarceration. While a first time offender is a good candidate in many cases for probation, there are no assurances probation will be given.

In truth, a person found guilty either by plea or trial may be placed on probation by the Court, subject to certain limitations. For example, if a person has been convicted of specific offenses in the past, he/she is excluded, by law, from consideration for probation. The Court may deny any person probation.

Term of Probation< br/> The Court determines the length, or term, of the probation. If the Court grants probation for less than the maximum term, it may order an extension of the probation. However, the total probation term, including an extension, cannot exceed the maximum term.

Time period for probation can be as follows:

  • Felony: one (1) year to five (5) years
  • Misdemeanor: six (6) months to two (2) years
  • Infraction: six (6) months to one (1) year

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