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The City of Florissant is a municipality within St. Louis County, Missouri.
The City Hall in Florissant is located at 1055 St Francois St, Florissant, MO 63031, however court is held at the John F. Kennedy civic center at
315 Howdershell, Florissant, MO 63031.
The Florissant police department patrols the city quite proactively, in search of alleged law violations.
If they find a person they believe is violating the law, they will arrest and prosecute.
People who are arrested in Florissant are often charged with offenses like DWI, weed possession, and others.
If a person is arrested for DWI, they might be facing a municipal case in Florissant, or perhaps the case will be sent to St. Louis Circuit Court to be filed as a felony DWI - if it is discovered that the driver had two or more prior DWI cases.
If your DWI becomes a felony DWI charge, the punishment you will face is dramatically different than for a municipal (night) court case, or even a state court misdemeanor.
There are different levels of felony charges for a DWI case - which level is charged depends on how many priors (intoxication-related driving offenses) the driver has received in the past.
Unfortunately, all the of felony DWI charges carry a mandatory minimum of jail time.
The mandatory minimums vary based on number of priors - a low of 30 days in jail to the harshest - serve a minimum of 2 years flat before parole is even possible.
For some of the lower range felony charges, the jail time can sometimes be avoided by being granted the option to do community service or participate in a court program called "DWI court".
Each county has their own DWI court program, and while they are all similar, the conditions involved do differ from county to county.
Although DWI court programs are quite rigorous, they do allow a driver to obtain limited driving privileges under certain circumstances - in situations where the driver would otherwise be ineligible for any limited privileges.
A DWI court participant is required to "pay their way" through the program, and it isn't cheap.
Some jurisdictions will even agree to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor if a person successfully completes the DWI court program.
This is an amazing benefit for the participant, since there is no way in Missouri to receive a suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) on a felony DWI - thus any plea or conviction to a felony DWI will result in a felony conviction on your record if not reduced to a lower offense by plea agreement.
An SIS is a type of probation that will keep a conviction off of your criminal record if you complete the probation term successfully.
Unfortunately, SIS dispositions are not allowed for felony DWI cases.
Even if your DWI is only a first-time offense, it is still a very serious charge and can have devastating effects on your quality of life.
If your DWI case is not handled properly, even a first offense can result in terrible consequences.
If you are facing a law violation in Florissant, Mr. Feely will be happy to discuss your case with you with a free initial consultation.
Mr. Feely also handles more serious criminal defense matter such as felony cases.