Missouri DWI

Missouri uses the term DWI for drunk driving offenses, rather than the more common DUI.

Fair DUI Flyer-Missouri-front

Missouri is a bit of a tricky state for the Fair DUI flyer, if you’re getting a ticket. For traffic stops and checkpoints you only have to display or exhibit your license, which you can do through a closed window. The state Supreme Court ruled failure to show your license is not a crime, but we still recommend that you show it.

Fair DUI Flyer-Missouri-back

The tough issue in Missouri is whether you have to sign a ticket. We can’t find any statute or court rule that requires you to sign. However, the court’s form for tickets includes a spot to sign.

We recommend that you don’t sign unless the officer orders you to sign (see our video on the difference between an order and a request). If the officer insists we recommend that you digitally sign the ticket using an app like SignEasy.

Here is our flyer in pdf format, and below that is a state bar opinion on checkpoints.

Fair DUI Flyer-Missouri (PDF)

Missouri Bar on Checkpoints

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2 thoughts on “Missouri DWI

  1. Ben

    “the balance between the public interest in crime prevention and appellant’s right to personal security and privacy,{not “stepping out of car” “roll down window” trumps coercive “officer safety”} tilts in favor of freedom from police interference.” Davis v. Mississippi 394 U.S. 721.

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  2. Larry

    Do you have any other DUI checkpoint information for the state of Missouri? Such as how far down the road do you legally have to be notified that a checkpoint is a head? I know I have passed a checkpoint in Kansas City Missouri that was marked as road construction ahead. So I was just curious if that was legal in my state. As well as being curious about other laws attached to DUI checkpoints such as the warning ahead.

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