My name is Steve Neighbors and I am the founding attorney at Neighbors Law Office. I have been practicing DUI defense throughout Shawnee and the surrounding communities for the past 30 years. I am licensed to practice law in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas.
In today's modern society, many criminal convictions rely heavily on scientific evidence and DUI cases are no different. In order for you to be ultimately convicted of DUI, the prosecutor will need to prove that you were driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the .08% legal limit. I
n order to prove that you were driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, the prosecution will turn to the evidence produced from breath alcohol tests or blood tests. It is my job as your Shawnee DUI attorney to challenge the reliability of breath tests and to search for any other potential flaws in your criminal case that might exonerate you.
DUI penalties vary depending upon whether this is your first DUI, or if it's a multiple DUI offense. Although the majority of DUIs are prosecuted as misdemeanors, certain DUIs can be prosecuted as felonies. This is especially the case in DUIs with injury, multiple DUIs, vehicular manslaughter and cases where the drunk driver was found leaving the scene of an accident or fleeing the police. Other aggravating factors include driving on a suspended license, speeding, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above 0.15% and having a child in the vehicle with you at the time of the arrest. Any of the above circumstances can contribute to enhanced jail time, monetary fines and a lengthier license suspension.
Whether you've never been arrested for DUI before, or if your son or daughter is facing underage DUI charges, or if you accidentally killed someone in an alcohol-related crash, I have focused my long career on defending people against DUI charges and I am more than qualified to defend you.
In addition to DUI, I can defend those who have received a traffic ticket for either a moving or a nonmoving violation such as speeding, reckless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, driving without insurance, driving on a suspended or revoked license and many more. In traffic and DUI cases, a good defense attorney may be able to successfully reduce the negative implications associated with DUI and violating various traffic laws.
When points on your record inch you that much closer to a suspended license and when they drastically increase your auto insurance premiums, anything that can be done to reduce the consequences is worth its weight in gold! Over the 30 years of my legal career, I have helped countless drivers get their DUI penalties reduced, and I have helped them restore and retain their driver's licenses.
In Kansas and all across the nation it's against the law to drink and drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater. If you fail to submit to a chemical test, then you face an automatic driver's license suspension, even if you weren't drinking and driving at all. The penalties for a first time DUI with a BAC ranging between .08% and below 0.15% is as follows: fines ranging between $750 and $1250, from 48 hours to 6 months in jail, 100 hours of community service and the completion of an alcohol evaluation program. If your BAC registered at 0.15% or above, then you face a 12 months driver's license suspension among other penalty enhancements.
With over 30 years experience in the field of criminal law, I am extremely familiar with the Kansas criminal justice system as well as the local prosecutors and Judges.
Regardless of the circumstances that led to your charges, I am here to guide you through the legal process and answer any questions that you might have. I will give you honest advice and explain how the criminal procedures apply to your specific case. Furthermore, I will closely examine the details of your case in an effort to search for ways that a defense strategy can be effectively tailored on your behalf.