Thank you. For starters, this is a misdemeanor
arrest, meaning he is going to have an arrest record from this occurrence, if he is convicted he will have to report that conviction on job applications and even rental applications. The charge is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $500. Jail is not given in 99% of the cases for a first offense. He also received a 15 day temporary license which has instructions on filing an appeal and he needs to file that appeal with DMV regarding his license suspension as soon as possible to seek at least a hardship license. He is likely going to get a 12 month probation and suspended jail sentence
plus the fine. But this is only on the criminal
portion of the case.
MO also has an administrative punishment that is in ADDITION to the criminal penalty and that is a 30 day license suspension plus a 60 day restricted license for a total of 90 days. He will also have to attend a substance abuse DUI school at his expense.
This means your son needs to hire an attorney to try to keep his fines at a minimum and he needs to file the request for the suspension hearing before the 15 day license runs out and this will at the very least extend the time before his 30 day suspension begins.
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