DUI / DWI


 

Q: I was arrested for a DUI or DWI.  What should I do?

A: only allows you 15 days after your arrest to schedule an administrative license revocation hearing.  You should contact us immediately so that we can assist you with this hearing and begin strategizing your defense.  Additionally, joining you at the hearing gives us the chance to learn about some of the evidence the state has against you, which assists our defense strategy.  This hearing is very technical and you may be able to prevail at the hearing if the police made any mistakes or did not follow testing procedures properly.  If you lose at the administrative hearing or fail to schedule one in time, you face immediate suspension of your license for at least 90 days and up to four years, depending on how much alcohol was in your system and if you have prior DWI or DUI convictions. 


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Q: I have been convicted of a DUI/DWI before and was arrested again.  Will I go to jail?

A: Like all criminal cases, the punishment in a particular case depends on the facts and what evidence the state possesses.  It is true, however, that punishments for multiple DWI or DUIs increase drastically.  It is important to remember that just because you have been convicted of one or more DWI/DUI offenses in the past does not mean you will be convicted of this one; an experienced DWI/DUI defense attorney will examine the evidence in your case, challenge the prosecution's case and advocate to have the charge against you reduced or dropped.


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Q: Can I refuse a breathalyzer or blood test if I am pulled over?

A: Yes, but you will face consequences.  states that anyone who drives in the state gives implied consent to chemical tests of blood alcohol content.  If this is your first DWI offense, your license will be suspended for 180 days (instead of just 90 days if you failed the test).  If it is your second or subsequent offense, you face losing your license for one and a half years instead of one year.  Additionally, if you have refused to submit to a test on two previous occasions, states that a third refusal is a crime carrying the same penalty as a first DWI conviction. 


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Q: Do I still need an attorney if I plan to plead guilty?

A: Even if you were drinking and driving, you should not plead guilty on your own.  An experienced attorney who is committed to fighting to protect your rights can assist you in many ways.  We will carefully analyze your case and discuss all of your options with you, and we will work with the District Attorney to negotiate minimum penalties, or have the charge dropped.  We also use our experience to examine the facts and circumstances of your case and determine if the police made any errors or if the field sobriety test was administered incorrectly; these mistakes could result in your case being dismissed.  Moreover, pleading guilty often has other consequences.  You may find it difficult to procure certain kinds of employment or keep your current job, and it may even impact your immigration status if you are not a U.S. citizen.

Even one DWI or DUI conviction can have serious implications on many aspects of your life.  If you have been arrested for drunk driving of any kind, you need an experienced attorney to protect your rights.  If you have been arrested, contact the Reeves Law Firm today for a free initial consultation. 

The Reeves Law Firm
Attorneys at Law

381 Highway 21 Suite 205
Madisonville, LA 70447

Toll Free: 866.916.0731
Fax: 985.845.4372


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