Columbia, MO- The youngest son of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is in some legal hot water after being charged with a DWI over the weekend, his second this year.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Willson Wheeler Nixon, 25, was driving in Columbia on Locust Street near College Avenue when he was pulled over. It was just 3:00 a.m. and police noticed he didn’t have his headlights on. While attempting to pull Nixon over, he lost control of his car and struck a vehicle parked along the side of the road.
No one was injured.
When police pulled Nixon over, they smelled alcohol and noticed other signs of intoxication.
Nixon was then charged with driving while intoxicated, violating his driver’s license restrictions, failure to drive on the right side of the road and failure to use his headlights, according to the Daily Tribune.
Nixon was cited for driving while intoxicated, violating his restricted driving privileges, failure to drive on the right side of the road and failure to use his headlights. He was also cited for possession of marijuana in 2011, but that charge was dropped, according to the Daily Tribune.
This is the second time he has been cited for DWI. According to the Daily Tribune he was cited for the same charge on May 1st after he ran a red light. He pleaded guilty to the charge and managed to avoid jail time, but he did have to pay fines, install an ignition interlock device in his car and was given limited driving privileges.
Nixon was fortunate since the minimum jail penalty for a DWI is 6 months. Convicted offenders also typically lose their license for 30 days and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles.
Helping you avoid jail time is just one of the things a DWI lawyer in Missouri can do for you; they can also help you negotiate for lesser charge and/or a reduced penalty. A DWI defense attorney may also be able to keep you from losing your license. If you have a substance abuse problem and would like to use your arrest to overcome your addiction, an attorney can help.
A second DWI in such short amount of time is not when you consider that at least half of all convicted DWI offenders will make the same mistake at least twice. Some people rack up several DWIs over their lifetime and each time they face longer jail terms and other severe penalties.
A DWI is a charge that needs to be taken seriously. If you’ve been charged with a DWI, you need to speak with an attorney immediately. They will help you decide the best route to take in your case so that it has the least negative impact on your life. USAttorneys can help you get in touch with a DWI defence lawyer near your Missouri location to help you with your case and increase your chances of avoiding a DWI conviction.