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What to do after being charged with drunk driving

If you were pulled over and charged with drunk driving in the state of Louisiana, then the very first thing you will want to do is contact an attorney. As you might already know, a DUI/DWI is more than just a traffic citation, it is a serious criminal charge that can have long-lasting effects on your life.

How a lawyer can help

Your lawyer can take a careful look at the facts surrounding your case to identify any and all defenses that may be available to you. Your attorney will look at issues such as:

  • Was the initial traffic stop lawful? In other words, did the officer have a right to pull you over in the first place?
  • Was the breath or blood test that you were given administered correctly? Was the person who administered it properly trained? Was the equipment used to test you up-to-date and reliable?
  • Were you read your rights and given the opportunity to speak with a lawyer?

Any of these issues can provide you with an effective defense in your case that could help you beat the charges. Even if there aren't any defenses available in your case, your lawyer can still negotiate a plea bargain that is more favorable than simply pleading guilty in many cases.

What penalties do I face?

The main reason to work with a lawyer is because the penalties you face are not minor. You could lose your driver's license, your insurance premiums could skyrocket, you could end up with a permanent criminal record and you could even be sent to jail.

At the very first meeting, your lawyer can explain the potential consequences you face and help you to make a plan for navigating the legal process going forward. Don't delay, the sooner you contact a lawyer, the better.

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