When is a DUI a Federal Offense? Most DUI, DWI, and OUI charges in Kansas
and Missouri are charged under State Law or Municipal Ordinance. However
a DUI may become a federal matter if it takes place on or near Federal
* National Parks and Forests and National Monuments
* Some Airports (Kansas City International Airport/ MCI )
* Military Bases (Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Fort Riley, Kansas, Whiteman
AFB, Missouri, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri )
* Native American Tribal Land or Property or Casino Property
* Federal Courthouses
* Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital Property
* Any property owned by the federal government or operated by a respective
When is a First-Time DUI a Federal Offense?
A first-time DUI offense is generally a misdemeanor under federal law. It is illegal to operate
a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater (same standard
as Missouri or Kansas). It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle on federal
property while impaired by illegal or prescription drugs.
What Other Crimes are Prosecuted in Federal Court?
Common offenses occurring on federal property prosecuted in Federal Court
include Driving under the Influence (DUI), Operating Under the Influence
(OUI), Trespassing, Possession of Drugs/ Controlled Substances, Possession
of Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm on Federal Property.
In the Kansas City Metro Area we commonly represent clients charged with
offenses occurring at the Kansas City International Airport (MCI), the
Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, Military Bases, and other federal property.
In Kansas City, Missouri Federal DUI, OUI and other criminal charges are
prosecuted in the United States District Court for the Western District
of Missouri at the Charles Evans Whittaker U.S. Courthouse located in
downtown Kansas City, Missouri at 400 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, Mo.,
64106. This Court hears cases from jurisdictions from the Western District
In Kansas City, Kansas the United States District Court is held at the
Robert J. Dole U.S. Courthouse, located at 500 State Ave., Kansas City,
The criminal justice system can be intimidating and being charged at the
Federal Level can be especially stressful. Not every lawyer is licensed
to practice law in federal courts, and even fewer practice criminal law
in the federal criminal justice system. My office represent clients in
the Federal Court System in both Missouri and Kansas, contact us today
to discuss your case.
If you have been charged with committing a crime on federal property
contact our office for a free initial consultation at 913.383.3311 or 816.361.0964.