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Do Not Just Throw in The Towel!


“I was drinking, might as well just plead Guilty…”

     This is sometimes referred to as throwing yourself at the mercy of the court after being charged with a DWI in Missouri.  The problem, that’s not Walking to Carreally throwing yourself at the mercy of the court at all, it’s simply jumping off a cliff and holding on to a false hope that the world is fair without the effort to make it so.  Throwing yourself at the mercy of the court is also not a very good idea in the state of Missouri.  Remember, the safeguard of the presumption of innocence is a right you have, allowing the court to do as they wish is not exercising that right.  The jury must presume you “not guilty”, but not the prosecutor, needless to say, the prosecutor is charging you with a crime, they presume you’re guilty; that’s their job!  Walking in alone and saying “have at it” to the prosecutor and the judge is a bad idea without the assistance of counsel, you are essentially giving the state full unbridled power to do what they want with you, and they’d be more than happy to take you up on that offer.  Ask yourself, in what capacity do we ever want the government to have full and complete power over us?  Justice is achieved when two opposing sides present their positions.  In this context, those sides are the state, with its nearly unlimited resources, experience, and connections with the court, and you, with very limited of each, and that’s not a fair fight any way you look at it.  If you are not participating in the system, and simply giving up, justice will not be found, only a full and complete annihilation will.  So yes, to just walk in and plead guilty to DWI is Nuts!

Do Not Blindly Plead Guilty to DWI

At the very foundation of our criminal justice system is the right to the presumption of innocence, the right to be heard, and the right to be represented by an attorney.  Why?  Because we don’t want a system of justice wherein simply because the government says you’re guilty, then you should be punished.  These important Constitutional rights were set many years ago to ensure that our system of justice is fair.  The “catcher” is, you have to use your constitutional rights, not simply lay them down and forget you have them.  In a similar context, though unrelated to Driving While Intoxicated, it’s the same with other Constitutional rights; if you didn’t vote, you haven’t participated in the system, if you’re not taking advantage of all the applicable tax exemptions, you’re probably paying more tax than you should, and if you won’t use your insurance when you have a medical emergency, there’s a good chance you’ll get wish you had.

Remember, the scales of justice are scales for a reason, don’t jump off your side of the scale and assume the judge will keep things balanced.  If you want justice, you have to work for it, and if you’re in the government’s crosshairs, you had better fight for it.

By: Guss Markwell


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Markwell Law, LLC
1031 Peruque Crossing Ct, Ste. B
O’Fallon, MO 63366
Phone: 636-486-1093
Fax: 636-634-3462

About the author 

Guss Markwell

Originally from St. Louis Missouri, I grew up in a strong Midwest and moral family who taught me right from wrong and to stand up for my rights and the rights of others. In these tough economic times, you need an advocate on your side. Why do I practice law? Often, people are facing seemingly insurmountable opposition with little or no ability to overcome great odds. It is my position that we should all be fighting for those who find themselves alone, afraid, and at times unpopular. I subscribe to the notion that a society should be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members. I represent, and I fight for, those people. “There is light at the end of that tunnel, don’t stop.”

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