A DWI Charge is Serious. You Need a Serious Defense Attorney.
You may be a good driver, and you may have only had one or two drinks at dinner. But if you are pulled over for suspected drunk driving, the consequences can be devastating. Our firm prides itself on giving honest and effective legal advice that puts our clients in the best position under the circumstances. That could mean a variety of strategies – from filing a motion to suppress to get a case dismissed on the grounds that our client’s Constitutional rights were violated to walking our client down the path of a fair plea agreement. Attorney Joshua S. Guillory will fight to uphold the Constitution and for his clients’ rights.
Whether you are facing a Louisiana first offense DUI or subsequent offense, the process is often a stressful and even demeaning experience. Because DUI convictions alter lives and restrict future opportunities, you need a thorough DUI case evaluation by an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer. Fighting a DUI accusation is a critical decision, as is selecting the right criminal defense attorney.
When facing a DUI charge, getting immediate legal advice is imperative. Once an accused individual is bonded out of jail, finding representation by a quality lawyer becomes the most pressing thing in a DUI suspect’s life. To arrange a consultation with an experienced DWI attorney, call (337) 233-1303 or click here.
The Consequences can be Devastating
Louisiana has increased the penalty for drunk driving over the years. DWI/DUI is referred to as a “predicate offense,” and each subsequent conviction will typically carry stricter consequences. That is, a second offense will likely have a harsher sentence than a first offense. First and second offense DWI convictions are misdemeanors. Generally, third offense DWI charges and higher are felonies. There are exceptions to these rules, which makes having a DWI defense attorney on your side even more important.
In most cases, your driver’s license is also suspended 30 days after an OWI/DWI arrest in Louisiana. Driving privileges for your personal vehicle is not the only privilege at risk. If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you could lose that license as well, even if you have been accused of drunk driving in your personal vehicle.
Drivers that are pulled over must take a breathalyzer, blood, or urine test if the officer finds probable cause that the driver is driving while intoxicated. Refusing to submit to such tests can lead to legal consequences and/or harsher penalties. Again, such position is a general rule, and these rules have exceptions. The government has lawyers that know the rules and exceptions to those rules, but the government IS NOT on your side when you are accused of driving while intoxicated. You should also have a lawyer on your side that knows Louisiana DWI laws and who will fight for justice on your behalf.
Many question whether or not they should submit to a breathalyzer when pulled over for suspected drunk driving. Often, it does not help to refuse a BAC test in Louisiana. The state does not actually need proof of your BAC to convict you. Moreover, the prosecution may argue that you refused a breathalyzer because you knew you were guilty. Refusing a breathalyzer is just one factor that a judge or jury will consider in determining a defendant’s guilt. If you did refuse a BAC test, do not panic. Instead, contact a licensed criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Refusing the test will also lead to potentially harsher penalties as it relates to your driving privileges. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, your license will be suspended for a period of time. The officer making the arrest must explain to you your rights. This explanation of rights can often be given very quickly and explained to you while you are facing one of the most difficult situations in your life.
It’s your life…Call someone you can count on.
Whether or not you submitted to a breathalyzer, you should not face a DWI charge alone. The prosecution has lawyers, and so should you. Attorney Josh Guillory is committed to aggressively fighting for every client facing DUI criminal charges for drunk driving or drugged driving. The Constitution guarantees us certain rights, and you need to make sure your rights were not violated.
If you or a loved one are ever pulled over and arrested for DUI, it is highly important to get in touch with a DUI attorney right away. Contact Attorney Josh Guillory here or call our office at (337) 233-1303 today to arrange a consultation.
Need a lawyer you can count on?
In addition to handling criminal law issues, Joshua S. Guillory is prepared to help individuals with a wide range of legal matters, including family law matters, estate planning up to include wills and trusts, business law, and personal injury. Do not hesitate to call The Law Office of Joshua S. Guillory, LLC at 337-233-1303 or contact us online today!