YOU MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION IF YOU HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR A DWI/DUI!
Under Louisiana law, driving under the influence of alcohol, or a controlled substance, is a serious criminal violation and may be punishable by imprisonment, fines and court fees, driver’s license suspension, probation, and/or community service. This is why you should get help from a criminal defense attorney who also focuses on DWI/ DUI defense.
In Louisiana there are two separate procedures that result from an arrest for DWI:
(1) The administrative procedure of the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles, where the State will attempt to take away your driver’s license, for a minimum of one year, on our first offense; and
(2) The criminal proceeding brought by the District Attorney whereby the State will attempt to put you in jail for up to six months, on your first offense.
Each of these proceedings results from a refusal to blow or a BAC above .08.
In order to challenge the administrative suspension of your driver’s license you must ask for a hearing within 15 days of your arrest. Depending on your level of intoxication, whether you refused to submit to a chemical test, or whether you have been previously convicted or refused a chemical test, you face a serious suspension of your driving privileges. This is where your DWI lawyer, who specializes in Baton Rouge defense, can help. He or she can educate you on the DWI laws in your area and help you fight your charges.
As for the criminal proceeding, a DWI conviction can have a serious impact on your life. First time offender’s face “not less than ten days nor more than six months” in prison, up to $1000 in fines. It is, therefore, extremely important that you speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Baton Rouge DUI lawyer, who can give you answers to your questions.
We will work from day one to go to trial and beat the charges. We will work diligently to defend your rights and minimize the impact this event will have on your life.
Whether you need a criminal defense attorney or a DUI / DWI lawyer, call us now to schedule an appointment wand start fighting your arrest today!