IF YOU'VE BEEN CHARGED, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. WORK WITH AN ATTORNEY WHO CARES ENOUGH TO PICK UP HIS OWN PHONE. I WORK HARD TO UNDERSTAND THE DETAILS OF YOUR SITUATION TO FIND YOUR BEST DEFENSE.
Being charged with a crime is an unnerving experience. You need legal representation you can rely on during a challenging time. Someone who will answer your calls and that you can rely on. I give my clients personal service from day one.
None of my clients cases are handed off to another attorney. It's going to be me doing your case and no one else. You will work with me directly. My clients and I go through the process together, from start to finish. You need to know your rights under the law, and immediately act to protect them. I'll help you understand and get you on track for your best option.
Have an experienced attorney that will give you the attention you need for your case to have the best possible outcome. At Abella Law Firm, we know how to handle your case and will give it the personal attention it needs.
221 East 11 Street
Kansas City MO 64106
Belton/Cass County Office
416 Main Street
Belton, MO 64012
A DUI is no minor matter in Kansas or Missouri; it can have lasting implications for your future if you don't take steps to protect yourself. There are many potential defenses to a DUI charge, but you must take action quickly.
DUI CONSEQUENCES IN KANSAS:
A DUI is a serious criminal offense in Kansas and a second or subsequent conviction will be charged as a felony. Some of the penalties associated with being convicted of a DUI in Kansas included a suspended license, fines, and time in jail up to one year. Those individuals under age 21 may be facing an automatic 30-day driver's license suspension with 330 additional days of restricted privileges. Those Kansas or Missouri CDL holders may lose their license (and their livelihood) for up to one year.
THE CONSEQUENCES MAY BE AS FOLLOWS IN KANSAS:
First DUI Offense: Up to 6 months in prison, fines up to $500, minimum incarceration time and one year of probation
Second DUI Offense: Up to one year in prison, fines of up to $1,000 plus court costs, five days minimum of incarceration, and probation for one year.
Third DUI Offense (charged as a felony): Up to a year in prison with a minimum sentence of 90 days, fines up to $2,500 plus court costs, and probation for one year.
Refusing a chemical test in Kansas will lead to a license suspension unless you are able to receive a hardship license after the minimum suspension period.
DWI CONSEQUENCES IN MISSOURI
Missouri takes charges of DWI seriously and you could be facing multiple penalties if convicted or a first or subsequent DWI. Here are the common ramifications for DWI charges in Missouri:
First DWI Offense: Up to six months in prison, suspension of driving privileges, fines up to $500 plus court costs, and probation for up to two years
Second DWI Offense in 5 years: Up to a year in jail, a revoked driver's license, fines up to $1,000 plus court costs, and probation for up to two years.
Third or subsequent DWI conviction: Felony charges can lead to a 10-year denial of driving privileges, 5-15 years in prison, fines up to $5,000 plus court costs, probation, and revoked driving privileges.
Whether it is your first DWI in Missouri or a subsequent charge, you may be eligible to have your record expunged so that you can put this negative event behind you. A new Missouri law allows for some past felony and misdemeanor convictions to be removed from your record. These include criminal DWI records, but you can only benefit from this if you take action by speaking with a Missouri DWI defense lawyer. Those individuals who pleaded down to a lesser DWI charge in Missouri may be more likely to benefit from this new law.
Greg Abella is committed to stepping in immediately and keeping you advised of all the relevant details in your DWI case. Attorney Abella's goal is to respond assertively to potential investigations and charges and to keep the client informed at each stage in the process. While Attorney Abella hopes to resolve issues sooner than going to trial where possible, he always works to prepare each case as if it will ultimately go to trial, giving you the peace of mind that you have someone working hard for you from day one. Contact Abella Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Greg Abella graduated law school in 1994 and pursued his passion in establishing a solo practice in 2000. After going out on his own, he became licensed in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado and is also involved with the Clay County and Cass County Bar Association. He is dedicated to having great evidence for his case and with his undergraduate degree in biology he is also interested in the science of the case and goes to great lengths to makes sure he gathers every piece of information on every case he works on.
Greg Abella is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
If you want an attorney who will be there for you from the moment you're facing charges just a phone call away, I'm prepared to help evaluate the legal aspects of your case and determine next steps. There's too much on the line for your future when you have been charged with a crime; make sure you have a committed Kansas criminal defense attorney working for you in this situation.
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