Missouri DWI laws have been changing quite a bit lately. I have been reviewing the laws and administrative regulations when I have free time. Some of the material is interesting, but mostly it is maddening. But yesterday, I read an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch that reminded me why its important for Lawyers to put in the extra effort.
Previously, I’ve written about the limited right to expunge certain convictions in Missouri under the state’s expungement statute. That statute severely limits what offenses can be expunged. However, there are two offenses not covered by the expungement statute, that can be removed from a person’s criminal record via alternative means: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Minor in Possession (MIP).
Lately I’ve taken a number of telephone calls from people seeking to get old convictions expunged from their record.
Expungement is the process of sealing or erasing prior convictions.
Unfortunately Missouri is not kind on this issue, and only a very limited number of people qualify for expungement. RSMo 610.140 is the state’s expungement law.