A person arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI / DWI) faces long term and serious consequences. For example, if prompt action is not taken to challenge a claim that a breath test was refused, a person will lose his driving privileges.
If you are found guilty, your sentence can include fines, jail time, probation, community service, mandatory substance abuse evaluation and driver improvement school. You will lose your driver’s license for at least 90 days. You may be required to install an ignition interlock device at your own expense. Your vehicle may be confiscated.
If you have a professional license of any kind – from a medical license to a commercial driver’s license – a DUI/DWI conviction may put your license in jeopardy. Having a DUI/DWI on your criminal record can make it harder to get a job, a loan or even a place to live.
At The Bagert Law Firm in New Orleans, our criminal defense attorneys take an aggressive approach to defending clients charged with DUI/DWI. Over the years we have been extremely successful in minimizing the negative consequences of these charges.
Just because the policeman says you blew .08 or over on the breath test doesn’t mean you are guilty as charged. There are still defenses that may be successfully urged. Was the breathalyzer in proper working order? Was the officer properly trained in its use? Did the police have a legal basis to stop your car and to ask you to submit to the test? The answers to any of these questions could lead to an acquittal.
To discuss your DUI/DWI case, please contact The Bagert Law Firm by e-mail or call (504) 523-1117.