DUI and Traffic Violations Attorney in Independence, Missouri

Protecting your reputation and your driving privileges

If you or a family member has been charged with or arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), Attorney K. Martin Kuny is ready to represent you.

With 27 years of experience, Mr. Kuny knows the complexities of Missouri law and how a DUI charge can have a big impact on your life, whether you are a first-time or multiple offender. A DUI conviction can compromise your reputation, your driving privileges and your career, and it raises your insurance rates significantly. Mr. Kuny counsels you on your legal options and prepares a strong and effective defense on your behalf as he guides you through the DUI process.

The criminal and administrative penalties for a drunk driving conviction are based on the amount of alcohol in your system, known as your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), and they vary depending on any prior DUI arrests and charges you may have.

In Missouri, you can be convicted of DUI in municipal court if:

  • You have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher
  • You are under the age of 21 and have a BAC level of .02% or higher
  • You are a commercial driver with a BAC level of .04% or higher

DUI penalties in Missouri

A conviction for DUI can result in the following penalties for a first offense, which is a Class B misdemeanor:

  • Your license will be suspended for 30 days, followed by a 60-day restricted driving period, if you are 21 years or older. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended for 90 days.
  • Fines up to $500
  • Up to six months in jail
  • Eight points on your driving record

A second DUI offense is a Class A misdemeanor — and you are considered a “prior offender.” Your second DUI offense can result in the following penalties:

  • License revocation for one year. If this DUI is within five years of a previous one, you receive a five-year license denial.
  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Community service of 30 days required for probation
  • Up to one year in jail, with a minimum of five days served — unless a minimum of 30 days of community service is performed with court approval
  • 12 points on your driving record
  • Requirement to take and pass both written and driving parts of the Missouri driving test
  • Ignition interlock device possibly required for one month

A conviction for DUI is a Class D felony and you are considered a “persistent offender.” It can result in the following penalties for subsequent offenses:

  • Fines up to $5000
  • License denial for 10 years
  • 12 points on your driving record
  • Community service for 60 days required for probation
  • Requirement to take and pass both written and driving parts of the Missouri driving test

Missouri Implied Consent law

Missouri “Implied Consent” law requires you to take a blood, breath or urine test if you are arrested for DUI. Many people do not know their rights under this law in a DUI arrest. The arresting officer should tell you that if you refuse to take the test, your refusal can be used as evidence against you in court and the state will revoke your license. The officer also decides what type of test to administer, but may not administer more than two tests. Once the officer informs you of the decision, you have 20 minutes to consult a DUI attorney about whether you should submit to this test. After you submit to the officer’s test, you have the right to obtain your own body fluid or breath test by a qualified medical professional of your choice. Mr. Kuny can assist on matters regarding refusal.

Taking your traffic violations as seriously as you do

In addition to DUI and DWI charges, Mr. Kuny handles all traffic matters, including:

  • Speeding
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • Mechanical violations
  • Careless driving
  • Driving without insurance
  • Reckless driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Road rage
  • Moving violations
  • Leaving the scene of a crime or accident

Defending your DUI charges or traffic violations in Independence, Missouri

If you have been arrested or charged with DUI or a traffic violation, call K. Martin Kuny, P.C. at (816) 600-0601 or contact the firm online to schedule a consultation.