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Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Charges

Information About DWI Defense at Eng & Woods, Attorneys at Law

The lawyers at Eng & Woods in Columbia, MO vigorously defend each of their clients against driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges. We have successfully acquitted those charged with felony and misdemeanor vehicle crimes including:

  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Boating while intoxicated
  • Vehicular assault

We constantly try DWI cases to judges and juries throughout the year, and our courtroom experience is second to none. We continuously strive to achieve the best results for our clients, whether it be reduced charges or outright dismissals of their DWI cases.

What Happens When You Get a DWI?

It is important to remember that, in the state of Missouri, there are two aspects to every DWI case. The first aspect is the “criminal” aspect, which is the actual charge of the “driving while intoxicated” crime. This criminal charge might be dictated as “City of Columbia v. John Dog” or “State of Missouri v. John Doe” and so on. 

There is also the “civil” aspect of a DWI charge, as the State of Missouri Department of Revenue will try to suspend your driver’s license for a period of time. If you are charged with a DWI, your arresting officer will likely give you a piece of paper from the Department of Revenue. This document will be for the civil case. Once you schedule a free, initial consultation with the attorneys at Eng & Woods, please remember to bring all of the paper documentation you have received from your arrest.

Meeting with Your DWI Attorney: Time is of the Essence

It is of the utmost importance that you meet with an attorney within 15 days of being arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Failing to request an administrative hearing within 15 days of the date of your DWI arrest will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license. By choosing to hire legal representation from the team at Eng & Woods, you can be assured that our attorneys will fight driver’s license suspension proceedings and save clients’ driving privileges whenever possible.

With this being said, we wish we could win every single DWI case that we try, but reaching a perfect outcome is not something we can guarantee to each client. A lawyer who will try to “guarantee” you ideal results at your initial consultation meeting, however, is not necessarily a lawyer you should hire. At Eng & Woods, Attorneys at Law, we will always do our best – using our years of courtroom experience and legal expertise – to get you the best possible result that we can. 

What Will My DWI Case Process Look Like? 

At Eng & Woods, our attorneys successfully challenge both the civil and criminal aspects of driving while intoxicated cases by efficiently and effectively preparing for all case hearings. We will not simply “walk through” your hearings in attempts to process your case as quickly as possible.

Our main focus throughout the first part of your DWI case process is on thorough preparation using extensive investigation processes, interviewing, witness preparation, discovery requests and pretrial motions, such as motions to suppress evidence. Our attorneys train extensively in every means of looking for valuable information, so that if good facts exist to help your case, we will find them. In the same vein, if there is ever a challenge to be made at any point during your DWI case that will bring you closer to a favorable verdict, you can be assured that we will make it.

Contact the DWI Defense Lawyers at Eng & Woods Today

The penalties for driving while intoxicated continue to become more serious, and, if you have been charged with a DWI, it is very important to hire an attorney whose practice is devoted to defending DWI clients. 

Many attorneys will charge you a minimal rate to appear only once for a criminal hearing and then not take the time needed to effectively prepare, investigate or challenge your case in any way. Some of those attorneys might try to convince you to plead guilty. At Eng & Woods, Attorneys at Law, we will always give you our informed legal advice, but the choice between pleading guilty or trying your case is yours and yours alone.

We understand the negative and challenging implications that come with being charged with a DWI. Contact our office today at 877-888-2345 to schedule a free, initial consultation with our DWI attorneys to determine the best course of action for your case.


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  • Columbia Office
    1000 West Nifong Boulevard, Building 7
    Suite 201
    Columbia, Missouri 65203
    Phone: 573-874-4190
    Fax: 573-874-4192
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