How Do I Get Placed In A Different SATOP Class?

We often receive phone calls from DUI clients who are panicked and confused after they go for their SATOP assessment. While most first time DUI offenders get assigned to the Offender Education Program (OEP) class, we have found that SATOP testing centers in the St. Louis region are increasingly recommending the more intensive level of SATOP. These levels include the Weekend Intervention Program (WIP), and, surprisingly, the very intense Clinical Intervention Program (CIP). The Missouri Department of Mental health defines the CIP level of SATOP as "an outpatient treatment program designed specifically for persistent DWI offenders, or those identified during...

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DUI Checkpoints May Be Kept Out of Missouri’s 2018 Budget

Lawmakers are in Jeff City this week finalizing our State's budget for 2018. Last week, the House released a plan that would have banned the use of state funds going to DUI checkpoints. The Senate then quickly removed the language from the bill that would take the funding away. Now, lawmakers must decide whether to include funds before the May 5 budget deadline. Proponents of removing MODOT funds for checkpoints point out that, on average, it costs our State $1100 per drunk driver arrested at a checkpoint. They feel that "saturation patrols" - teams of officers on patrol looking for...

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Missouri’s New Criminal Code: A Brief Rundown

For the first time in 40 years, there is a new criminal code in the State of Missouri. There are a lot of changes, way more than can be quickly summarized in a blog post. These changes have been in the works for nearly a decade, and they became law on January 1, 2017. Here are some of the key changes: There is now a "Class E" Felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. 1st-offense possession (of 10 grams or less) of marijuana is now a "Class D" Misdemeanor, which carries no possibility of...

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