LAURIE S. WARD
ATTORNEY AT LAW
CALL: 660.827.1770
514 SOUTH OHIO | SEDALIA | MO
 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

A lot of good people make a mistake and end up with a criminal charge. If you are that person, Laurie can help. She has successfully tried many DWI cases. She has successfully challenged search warrants and kept probations from being revoked. She is thorough in her investigation and meticulous in her preparation.

If it is your case, she knows it is serious to you, regardless of the charge. She can handle your DWI, traffic ticket, drug charge and any other criminal charge.

FAQ

1. I have a felony conviction from a long time ago, can you get it off my record?
On January 1, 2018 changes were made about getting things “off your record”. The process may not completely erase your record. You can get a first DWI conviction (after 10 years) taken off of your record under some circumstances. You will need to check with a lawyer to get an answer for your situation.

2. I got a ticket for a DWI, what should I do?
Get in touch with a lawyer within 15 days. Some things you can handle without a lawyer but a DWI is not one of them. You could lose your license, you might have to get high risk insurance and complete a Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP) in addition to any punishment from the court if you are convicted. You need a lawyer on a DWI.

3. If I hire a lawyer for my criminal case, will my case go away or get dismissed?
It might, but it may not. Lawyers do not make cases go away. Lawyers make sure your rights are protected throughout the case. Sometimes during the process, the State figures out the case against you is not very strong or there is a problem with the case. This can result in the case being dismissed. You always have the right to challenge the case by going to trial, if a judge or jury finds you “not guilty,” your case will go away.

4. I know of a person who got a DWI and they did not lose their license.
Every case is decided on the facts and circumstances of that case. Just because you get a ticket for a DWI does not mean you get convicted of a DWI or you lose your license. Just because someone is still driving their vehicle after they got a DWI does not mean they are driving legally. If you get a DWI, hire a lawyer and get the facts.

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