How to Drive After a First-time Missouri DUI

after a Missouri DUIThe first time you drive under the influence of alcohol, you could be looking at a criminal record. In states like Missouri, a first-time DUI is a misdemeanor charge. You’ll face Missouri DUI consequences that send a strong message about your future as a habitual drunk driver. Fortunately the court also sees that a first time DUI can be a turning point and that you need to keep driving in order to keep your job and life moving forward.

Ignition interlocks are effective in reducing repeat drunk driving offenses by 67 percent while the device is installed compared to license
suspension alone. (CDC)Interlocks help reduce repeat

You have two options that allow you to keep driving after a first-time DUI in Missouri, both of which require you install an ignition interlock device on any vehicles you own or operate.

90-Day Restricted Driving Privileges (RDP): Once you receive a notice about your license suspension, you can apply for an immediate RDP license. You will have to submit proof of your ignition interlock installation and an SR-22 insurance form to the state to be eligible. If the RDP is granted, you may serve the entire 90-day suspension period by driving with the interlock.

60-Day Restricted Driving Privileges (RDP): You will need to serve 30 of the 90-days of your suspension period before you can legally drive with the RDP and ignition interlock device. You will have to submit proof of your ignition interlock installation and an SR-22 insurance form.

Interlocks help reduce repeat offenses even after the device is removed by 39 percent compared to offenders who never installed an interlock. (Marques, 2010)

After a Missouri DUI, if you follow the directive of the court when driving with your RDP, the time you use your ignition interlock device will pass quickly and you’ll be able to maintain your freedom to drive independently. Since a first-time DUI is still a serious matter, the commitment you show to the court with your ignition interlock will show everyone that you are serious about never drinking and driving again.

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