When you face DWI charges in Missouri, you will deal with both criminal and administrative law issues. It is important as you face charges that you understand the impact of each type of law. The punishments under each vary and provide very different outcomes. To know what you are up against, you need to make sure that you understand what a DWI means under criminal and administrative laws. 

The Missouri Department of Revenue explains administrative law will affect your driving privileges. Typically, you will face a license suspension but revocation is also a possibility. This takes effect immediately upon your arrest for a DWI. The length of the suspension or revocation depends on your blood alcohol content level and if you have had a DWI in the past. You will also receive points on your license, which may also result in additional time under suspension. 

The criminal law element occurs in the court room. The judge will consider the circumstances and evidence of your case. If found guilty, the sentencing portion depends on many factors, such as whether you have a previous DWI conviction, the charge you face and your BAC level. The court may also issue points on your driving record and suspend or revoke your license privileges. Sentences under criminal law may include community service, jail time, fines and mandatory alcohol treatment. 

When facing a DWI charge, you can expect both administrative and criminal laws to apply to your case. Keep in mind that they may overlap and impact each other. This information is for education and is not legal advice.