Defending DUI Charges in Clay County Missouri Since 1993
Charged With a DUI or Criminal Complaint in Clay County? The Law Offices
of Charles R. Green has been defending Clients on DUI and Criminal matters
in Liberty for more than twenty years. Being arrested and charged can
be a frustrating, impersonal, and overwhelming experience. Once you have
posted your bond and been released from jail you will receive a complaint
(ticket) with the first court date on the front. Take a breath, get you
vehicle back, and then talk to an experienced Clay County DUI Lawyer.
Steps to Take Before the First Court Date:
The first court appearance, or arraignment, is a formal reading of the
charges against you and may be four to six weeks from the arrest date.
However the clock starts running immediately on the right to contest the
potential suspension of your Missouri Driving Privileges. In Missouri
you have fifteen days from the date of a chemical test failure (Breathalyzer
result of .08 or greater) to request a Drivers License Hearing. If it
is alleged that you refused to submit to testing, a Petition for Review
must be filed in Clay County within 30 days. The request for Administrative
Hearing is a Civil matter and is a completely separate matter from the
criminal case (DUI) filed against you. If the request is not made within
the statutorily prescribed time you lose that right to contest the suspension.
When you hire the Law Offices of Charles R. Green one of the first steps
we take on your behalf is to request the Drivers License Hearing which
preserves your right to review and also allows you to continue driving
throughout the process.
Is a DUI Filed in State Court Different?
The Clay County Circuit Court hears cases filed by State Agencies, which
includes tickets issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Clay County
Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Park Rangers, and Missouri Water
Patrol. These charges include Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Boating
While Intoxicated (BWI) on Smithville Lake , Possession of Marijuana or
other controlled substances, Trespassing or other unlawful activity on
Riverboat Casino Property,(i.e. Harrah's or Ameristar Casino ) Speeding
Tickets and other Traffic Violations. A First-time DUI offense is still
generally a Class B Misdemeanor, the same as if it was issued by a Municipal
Officer. Being charged in State Court does not necessarily mean the charge
is more serious, however Circuit Court (State Court) proceedings are usually
more formal than in a Municipal Court, and defendants are charged under
Missouri State Law, rather than with a violation of City Ordinances.
Clay County History
Clay County Circuit Court is part of the 7th Judicial Circuit Court and
is located in Liberty, Missouri, a few blocks south of the Historic Liberty
Square. Liberty was founded in 1822 and is the County Seat ; Liberty,
Missouri was named for the American Concept and Vision of Liberty. Historic
Downtown Liberty includes numerous historical markers and attractions
such as the Jesse James Bank Museum and the Liberty Jail Historic Site.
Clay County Resources:
Clay County Courthouse:
James S. Rooney Justice Center
11 S Water Street
Liberty, Mo., 64068
Clay County Detention Center (Jail): 816.407.3800
Clay County Court Website: