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Impaired Driving BAC Levels in Missouri

How much do you have to drink blood alcohol content (BAC) for a DUI in Missouri?

Under 21

.02%

21 or older

.08%

Commercial

.04%

What if you refuse to take a chemical test in Missouri?
Missouri has an implied consent law. That means that if you refuse to submit to a chemical test you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension.

1st Offense

2d Offense

3rd Offense

Refusal to take test

1 year license revocation

1 year license revocation; ignition interlock device must be installed

1 year license revocation; ignition interlock device must be installed

What is the minimum jail time in Missouri?

1st Offense

2d Offense

3rd Offense

Minimum Jail

No required minimum jail term

No required minimum jail term

No required minimum jail term

Look back Period: 5 years (Period of time that prior DUIs are relevant for sentencing. Also known as a “washout” period.)

Can you plead to a lesser offense than DUI in Missouri?
A defendant might receive a "wet reckless," or a conviction of reckless driving involving alcohol, as a result of a plea bargain in which a charge of drunk driving is reduced to a case of reckless driving. There is no statutory provision on whether a wet reckless plea bargain will be accepted in Missouri.

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MDMA, best known as ecstasy, is a drug usually taken in pill form, often in social settings such as parties, clubs, or raves. (A rave is a wild overnight dance party that typically involves huge crowds of people, loud techno music, and illegal drug use.) By 2004, however, ecstasy use had spread beyond the party scene. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy of the Executive Office of the President: "[R]esearch indicates that the use of MDMA is moving to settings other than nightclubs, such as private homes, high schools, college dorms, and shopping malls." The illegal substance produces a variety of effects on behavior and basic metabolism (bodily function). Some of these effects are temporarily pleasant. The user may feel happy, more in tune with others, and more energetic. Other effects are not so welcome. These include clenched jaws, DEHYDRATION, and dangerous fever.
Neurotransmitter = any endogenous compound that plays a role in synaptic nervous transmission.
A study conducted in three large metropolitan areas of the United States showed that illegal drug use strongly increased the likelihood that users would meet a violent death—in other words, die from intentional injury. This study looked at marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and barbiturates. The study found that drug users were seven times more likely than non-users to commit suicide, and five times more likely to be murdered. Subjects using both drugs and alcohol were seventeen times more likely to commit suicide, and twelve times more likely to die from homicide than non-users.
In a club or rave setting, an ecstasy user might dance nonstop for hours, "feeling" the music with a heightened sense of awareness. However, repeated incidents have shown that crowded clubs prove a bad setting for ecstasy use. The drug's side effects can be intensified by heat, exercise, and dehydration.

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