Bold and Aggressive Defense - JCS Law and Attorney John Schleiffarth represent clients in Federal, State and Municipal criminal charges. Call our award winning team today for a free consultation.
John Schleiffarth of JCS Law fights alcohol and drug-related criminal cases with clients' wants and needs at the forefront. In 2014, the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys awarded Schleiffarth as one of Missouri's "10 Best".
Schleiffarth focuses on cases involving felony DWI, refusals, drug intoxication, and cases involving professional licenses. He has been successful in defending clients fighting various charges including drug possession, drug trafficking, and other criminal matters. Schleiffarth practices in all counties in Missouri and in Federal Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. JCS Law staff includes a former police officer certified in standard field-sobriety testing and trained in DWI enforcement.
Schleiffarth is a St. Louis native. He knows reputation counts, and clients want a lawyer they can trust. Schleiffarth has received the 2013 and 2014 Martindale-Hubble Client Distinction Award, two Avvo.com Client's Choice Awards, and has been named one of the National Trial Lawyer's Association Top 40 under 40 for Missouri.
75 W Lockwood Avenue
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Receiving a DWI could mean facing jail time, losing your driving privileges and having a permanent negative mark on your record. These issues can cause problems personally, with family and even your employer. Call 314-561-9690 today. We can help!
Arrested for a DWI? You need to speak with a lawyer right away. We can help you keep your driving privileges and prevent a criminal record. DWI is a serious charge. You can lose your license and even face jail time if you go unrepresented. Many DWI charges can be defeated in court. Is it worth it to fight the charge? Absolutely. Your freedom and privilege to drive in the future are at stake.
There are two parts to a DWI charge. In essence, there are two cases you need represented in.
CASE ONE: The Department of Revenue and the Fight for Your Drivers License
In Missouri, when you get a drivers license you impliedly consent to a breath test. This test is a chemical test which checks for intoxication (Breath. Blood, Urine). In the event you are stopped by a police officer and that officer has reasonable grounds to believe that you have been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you are required by law to take the test or face a license suspension.
If you refuse to submit to the test, your license may be revoked for up to one year on a first time offense. At the time of your arrest/refusal you will receive a REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO ALCOHOL/DRUG TEST NOTICE OF REVOCATION OF YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGE 15 DAY DRIVING PERMIT (Missouri Form 4323), The law enforcement officer will also take your drivers license at this time. You have 30 days from that date to file for a Petition for Review (PFR) with the Circuit Court of the county of your alleged offense. While you have 30 days, we recommend filing within 15 days, so that we may attempt to get a Stay Order signed by a judge allowing you to continue to drive until your case is heard. These are not simple court filings and it is not recommended you attempt them without an attorney.
If you submit to the test but fail (your blood alcohol concentration shows as 0.08 % or greater or 0.02 % or greater for persons under 21), you will receive a NOTICE OF SUSPENSION/REVOCATION OF YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES (Missouri Form 2385). This is your temporary driving permit for 15 days until your suspension goes into affect, also serving as a 15 day period to request an administrative hearing to challenge this suspension. Hiring an attorney is very critical for this hearing, as the Department of Revenue will only allow you to challenge very specific items to overturn your suspension. [Please note: Your suspension period may be longer if you have had a prior DWI or Point Violations in the past five years.]
If the hearing is decided in your favor, the suspension/revocation is thrown out and your license is returned. If you lose the hearing, you can then challenge the finding by filing a Petition for Trial De Novo in the Circuit Court. In the meantime you will face a 30 day suspension followed by a 60 day limited driving privilege. If you win your criminal court case, your license is returned and your record is cleared.
CASE TWO: The Criminal Charge
Separate from the license suspension or revocation is the criminal charge for driving while intoxicated (DWI). The criminal charge can carry with it jail time. In Missouri, it is illegal for a person to operate a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged condition. The penalty for a first time DWI typically includes possible jail time, 8-12 points on your license, fine, suspension, community service, SATOP classes and requirement to carry SR-22 insurance.
To avoid the penalties for a DWI conviction, we can arrange for a plea bargain or fight your case in court. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest and the strength of the evidence against you, we will recommend either a plea bargain or a trial. Our goal is to protect your record and protect your driving privileges.
Good people make mistakes, and overzealous police officers can make lots of mistakes which may lead to criminal charges being dropped. We passionately represent the accused. Call today for a free consultation! 314-561-9690
JCS Law boldly and aggressively represents those facing criminal charges. We fight to protect you from over zealous police and prosecutors. If you are facing a criminal charge in Municipal, State or Federal Court, we can help! Call 314-561-9690.
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, you need a attorney who will put you first. JCS Law helps people facing misdemeanor and felony charges for DWI, Theft, Larceny, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substances, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Stealing, Driving While Suspended, Driving While Revoked, Traffic Violations, Tickets from Auto Accidents and many more criminal charges.
We focus on getting to know you and your specific situation during a free consultation. You will speak directly to the attorney during this consultation and he can advise you directly on what would be the best option for you or your loved one to fight the charges that are pending. Many people are so concerned with putting the charge behind them, that they simply go to court and plead guilty, leaving them with a lifetime of regret. We help fight charges and work to achieve a favorable outcome that will give you and your loved ones the peace of mind you deserve. Call us today at 314-561-9690.
OUR PROMISE: The work done on your behalf will always be of the finest nature and we will always be accessible, friendly, and concerned with your needs.
John Schleiffarth is a third generation native of the Saint Louis area. He grew up in Des Peres and graduated from Kirkwood High School. John is an active member of his church and enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and his son.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS:
Federal Bar Association
National Trial Lawyers Association
Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member of the National College for DUI Defense
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
Missouri Bar, Criminal Law Committee
Super Lawyers-Rising Star-Crimianl Defense/DWI-2015
Awarded 2014 and 2015 "10 Best" DWI Attorneys in Missouri for Client Satisfaction by American Institute of DUI Attorneys
2012, 2013, 2014 Clients Choice Award from Avvo.com
2013, 2014, 205, 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
"Top 40 Under 40" Award from the National Trial Lawyers Association 2015, 2016
"Top 100 Trial Lawyers" Missouri, National Trial Lawyers Association 2014, 2015
St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU 'No Refusal Zone' In St. Louis Cuts Number Of Drivers Who Don't Take A Breathalyzer In Half
St. Louis Magazine Looking For Answers 2014
St. Louis Magazine- Best Lawyers 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
St. Louis Magazine- Legal Leaders 2015, 2016
Attorney At Law Magazine Law Firm of the Month
Ladue News Legal Corner
NPR KBIA 91.3 Mid-Missouri Radio
ALIVE Magazine Top Lawyers 2014
Webster-Kirkwood Times Hometowners
St. Louis Post-Dispatch STLToday.com
Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Juris Doctor, N/A
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