Qualified DUI & DWI Attorney in Covington
We all know the best way to avoid a DUI or DWI is to not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But if you are charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, one of the very first things you should do is call a qualified Louisiana DUI attorney. The Trainor Law Firm in Covington represents clients accused of DUI and DWI crimes throughout St. Tammany Parish, and can help you avoid the serious consequences of a DUI conviction.
Louisiana DUI Laws
In Louisiana, you may be charged with DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) if you are pulled over and your BAC (blood alcohol content) is .08% or higher based on a breathalyzer test, or if you refuse to submit to a chemical test and the police officer believes you were impaired behind the wheel. Penalties are potentially worse if your BAC was above .15%, and even more severe if over .20%. If you have a commercial driver’s license or there was a minor in the car, or if you are underage, penalties may also increase.
As far as your driving privileges go, for a first DUI-DWI, you are facing a 90-day driver’s license suspension. If you are convicted, Louisiana imposes a mandatory minimum period of two days incarceration, with the potential to serve out this mandatory sentence in the form of community service. Fines are between $300 and $1,000, not including court costs, and a DUI-DWI conviction stays on your record for 10 years.
Why to Hire an Attorney after a DUI Arrest
Many people charged with DUI assume they have no choice but to plead guilty or no contest, and simply accept the punishment doled out to them. However, the long-term, serious ramifications of a DUI or DWI conviction make it worth hiring an attorney to avoid those consequences. You will most likely be able to move on with your life sooner, with fewer negative effects, if you are represented by a lawyer than if you are passive and face the charges on your own.
At the Trainor Law Firm, we will mount your DUI defense from every angle, looking to lessen or avoid every possible penalty. Your attorney will work to prevent suspension of your driver’s license, fight for a reduction in any mandatory jail time, and negotiate reasonable timeframes to pay fines and fees. We will also look for mistakes in how your case is being prosecuted to go after reduced charges, or dismissal of charges all together when possible.
Contact an Experienced Louisiana DUI Attorney Available 24-7
If you have been arrested for DUI or DWI in St. Tammany Parish, contact the Trainor Law Firm day or night to schedule a free initial consultation. The sooner we start protecting and representing your rights, the better your chances of putting an unfortunate incident behind you, and moving forward with your life unscathed.