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Top Missouri DWI Attorneys Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer

The Law Offices of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer


401 Locust St # 401
Columbia, MO 65201
(800) 342-5394 (ext. 573)



Missouri DWI Attorney Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer are Members of " America's Top DUI & DWI Defense Attorneys" TM for a Reason:

Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer Win Missouri DWI Cases!

About Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, Columbia Missouri DWI Attorneys

Milt Harper is a former Prosecutor and Associate Judge.  As a DWI Criminal Prosecutor and Judge he gained the education and experience to learn about the police techniques used to detect and test persons suspected of driving while intoxicated, as well as their weaknesses.  As a Missouri DWI Defense Attorney,  he knows how to challenge those procedures for you.

Missouri DWI Lawyer Milt Harper of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer has a proven reputation as  a successful MO DWI Attorney. Often he has been able to:

  • Get Missouri DWI Arrests thrown out of court;
  • Get Missouri DWI Arrests dismissed
  • Get Missouri DWI Arrests reduced;
  • Get Missouri DWI cases negotiated without a DWI trial; or
  • Get Missouri DWI Suspensions dropped, dismissed or vacated.

Milt Harper, born Hannibal, Missouri, January 8, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, Missouri; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri. Preparatory and legal education, University of Missouri, Columbia (A.B., 1967; J.D., 1970). Fraternity: Phi Alpha Delta. Assistant Public Defender, Boone County, 1971-72. Prosecuting Attorney, 1972-78. Associate Judge, Circuit Court, 1979-1982. Member: Boone County Bar Association (President, 1995-96); The Missouri Bar, Missouri Trial Lawyer's Association, American Association for Justice, Supreme Court Bar .

Milt's practice focuses representing defendants in Missouri DWI cases in Boone County and Columbia Missouri. Before public service, Milt was a partner in a local trial practice law firm for several years. Milt was the elected Prosecuting Attorney of Boone County for many years. He was on the State Board of Directors for the Missouri Prosecutor's Association handling complex criminal litigation. After serving as Prosecuting Attorney, Milt was elected Associate Circuit Judge in Boone County and served for several years. He then left the bench to re-enter private practice.

Originally from Hannibal, Missouri, Milt came to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri. He graduated from Mizzou with an undergraduate degree and law degree. Milt is a member and past president of the Boone County Bar Association, a member of the Missouri Trial Lawyer's Association, a member of American Association for Justice, and a member of the Supreme Court Bar.

The outcome of every Missouri DWI case depends on the facts and the law. You should call Michael to discuss your case to determine what your possible outcome will be. That is why Milt Harper of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer's unique experience as former judge, combined with his talent a a Missouri DWI Defense Attorney, can work in your favor. Milt Harper offers free phone consultations, so you can get the advice that you need quickly.

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Missouri DWI Laws

What is the most common acronym for drunk driving in your state?  DWI or BWI

First Missouri DWI conviction

" First conviction for DWI or excessive blood alcohol content 8 points
" A commercial motor vehicle operator testing .04% or more receives 2 points plus is disqualified from driving a CMV for 1 year.
" A first time conviction results in a 30 driving suspension generally followed by a 60 day restricted privilege.

Multiple Missouri DWI convictions

" Second conviction for DWI or excessive blood alcohol content 12 points
" Second conviction regardless of length between them results in a one year revocation of driving privileges
" Second conviction within 5 years receives a 5 year license denial
" Three convictions or more results in a ten year license denial, and restoration of driving privileges can only be granted by court order after the 10 year denial

How to get your license restored

" Pay a $45 reinstatement fee
" File & maintain proof of insurance for two years from the date of suspension or revocation
" Complete a SATOP (Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program) and have proof filed with DOR.
" If the revocation was 1 year or more, you must also retake the driver exam and pay the new license fee

How the Missouri DWI process works

" Once the officer makes an arrest for DWI, and the driver tests .08% or above, the officer issues a summons (ticket), asks the drivers a series of questions listed on the Alcohol Influence Report (AIR), issues a notice of suspension or revocation and a temporary driving permit
" The officer then sends this information to DOR
" The Driver has 15 days, from the date of arrest, to request an administrative hearing
" If the driver does not request a hearing then the license suspension above is imposed 15 days after the date of arrest
" If the driver requests a hearing, but the action is upheld, the suspension is imposed 15 days after the final order of the hearing officer is mailed from DOR to the driver.
" The driver can appeal an adverse administrative action through the court system.


Generally, Missouri law provides that the license of a driver under the age of 21 may be suspended upon the finding of guilt for any of the following reasons:

" Any alcohol related traffic offense
" Possession or use of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle
" Possession or use of a controlled substance
" Altering, modifying, or misrepresenting a drivers license
" Or, the second offense for possession or use of alcohol by someone under 18 years old

The first suspension is for 90 days; the second is for one year.

Penalties for Missouri DWI Criminal Case (1st, 2d, 3rd, etc.):

Here are the criminal penalties for a DWI conviction in Missouri.  Remember, there are administrative actions against your driver's license as well.

FIRST CONVICTION - Class B Misdemeanor, RSMo 577.010

" Punishable by up to 6 months confinement
" Fines up to $500.00
" Court costs
" Reimbursement for cost of processing
" A suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) is not available unless it includes 2 years of probation
" Administrative license suspension of 30 days followed by 60 day restricted privileges

SECOND CONVICTION WITHIN 5 YEARS - Class A Misdemeanor, RSMo 577.023

" Listed as Prior Offender for Judicial purposes
" Punishable by up to 1 year in jail; must serve 48 hours
" Fines up to $1,000.00
" Court costs
" Reimbursement for cost of processing
" Ignition interlock device must be placed on vehicle
" Administrative license revocation of 5 years, 2 of which must be served before a hardship license can be granted


" Listed as Persistent Offender for Judicial purposes
" Punishable by up to 5 years in prison
" Suspended execution of sentence (SES) is forbidden by statute
" Fines up to $5,000.00
" Court costs
" Reimbursement for cost of processing
" Ignition interlock device must be placed on vehicle
" Administrative license revocation of 10 years, regardless of the date of the prior convictions, but:
o If the 3rd DWI is a felony no hardship license is available;
o If the 3rd DWI is NOT a felony a hardship license may be applied for after 3 years

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Missouri DWI Courthouse Information

All Circuit Courts in Missouri can be reached through https://www.courts.mo.gov/

Andrew County Missouri DWI Courthouse 816-324-4221
Atchison County DWI Courthouse 660-744-2707

Boone County Courthouse
705 E. Walnut, 2nd Floor
Columbia, MO 65201 573-886-4100

Buchanan County Missouri DWI Courthouse 816-271-1462
Caldwell County Missouri DWI Courthouse 816-586-2581
Carroll County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-542-1466
Cass County Missouri DWI Courthouse  816-380-8204
Clay County Missouri DWI Courthouse 816-792-7704
Clinton County Missouri DWI Courthouse 816-539-3731

Daviess County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-663-2932

DeKalb County Missouri DWI Courthouse 816-449-2602

Gentry County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-726-3618
Grundy County Missouri DWI Courthouse  660-359-6605
Harrison County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-425-6425
Holt County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-466-3301
Jackson County Missouri DWI Downtown Courthouse www.jacksongov.org; 816-881-3522

Jackson County Missouri DWI Independence Courthouse www.jacksongov.org; 816-881-4400

Johnson County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-422-7413
Lafayette County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-259-6101

Livingston County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-646-1718
Mercer County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-748-4335
Nodaway County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-582-5431
Pettis County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-826-0617
Platte County Missouri DWI Courthouse 816-858-2232

Ray County Missouri DWI Courthouse 816-776-3377
Saline County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-886-2300
Worth County Missouri DWI Courthouse 660-564-2210


Liberty Missouri DWI 816-792-6004

Kansas City Missouri DWI 816-513-2700

Gladstone Missouri DWI 816-436-2200

Pleasant Valley Missouri DWI 816-540-3135

Blue Springs Missouri DWI 816-228-0175

Belton Missouri DWI 816-331-4331

Independence Missouri DWI 816-325-7230

Claycomo Missouri DWI 816-452-4539

Smithville Missouri DWI 816-532-3897

Grandview Missouri DWI 816-316-4837

Weston Missouri DWI 816-640-2752

Raytown Missouri DWI 816-737-6008

Raymore Missouri DWI 816-331-3324

Riverside Missouri DWI 816-741-1212

Randolph Missouri DWI 816-455-0100

Platte City Missouri DWI 816-858-3046

Peculiar Missouri DWI 816-779-5212

Parkville Missouri DWI 816-741-1332

Odessa Missouri DWI 816-230-5577

Sugar Creek Missouri DWI 816-252-4400

Grain Valley Missouri DWI 816-847-6200

Excelsior Springs Missouri DWI 816-630-0750

Kearney Missouri DWI 816-628-4142

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  1. How do I know what attorney to hire?
    1. Ask any attorney you interview these questions:
      1. Do you know what the training standards for field sobriety are?
      2. What field sobriety tests are valid and how do you know if they were properly performed?
      3. Do you have any experience administering field sobriety tests to intoxicated persons on the side of a busy highway?
      4. Can you ask a police officers the right questions to show that it makes a difference between administering those tests in a classroom and administering them on the side of a road?
      5. Do you know the mechanics of the breath machine and how to challenge the test?

      Ask these questions of attorneys you interview, then contact us. Milt Harper ia a former judge and can answer each question above.

  2. Will I automatically be sent to jail if I am convicted?
    1. That depends on the number of DWI convictions on your record and your attorney's
      ability to structure a defense. However, the typical experience for a first time
      conviction in Missouri does not involve jail time.
  3. If I failed all of the field sobriety tests is there any way to prove that I was not intoxicated?
    1. It is possible to prove that the field sobriety tests were either improperly
      performed, or that due to a physical impairment, I could not reasonably be
      expected to adequately perform the field sobriety tests.
  4. How much does it cost to defend against DWI charges?
    1. That depends on the number of defenses you have available to you, the number
      of charges you are charged with, and the experience of the attorney you hire.
      Contact us for more information.
  5. How do I get out of jail after I've been arrested?
    1. That varies depending on the procedure of the court and jail you are in.
      Typically, you will have to post a bond. If you don't have enough money for that you can contact a bail bondsman who will agree to post the bond for you in exchange for you paying him a lower amount of money.

Huggie Bear's Bail Bonds is a reputable local bondsman.  To contact them:


Northland  816-436-0600

South KC   816-765-0808

Cass County 816-380-2003


Huggie Bear's is not affiliated with our firm.  Our rates do not change depending on whether you use them.  We are simply supplying you with information for your use.


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