Louisiana DWI Attorneys
Get help from a Louisiana DWI Lawyer by calling 1-800-852-8005. or:
Select the parish where your DWI in Louisiana occurred:
If you have been charged with a Louisiana DWI there are two things that you need to consider:
1) Take the charge seriously.
A conviction for a Louisiana DWI will have long lasting consequences. A criminal record can affect your employment, your future and your personal freedom.
2) Hire an experienced Louisiana DWI Lawyer.
Understanding the Louisiana DWI laws and courtroom proceedings can be a challenge. Hiring a qualified Louisiana DWI Lawyer from DWI.com who focuses on DWI defense can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
The Louisiana DWI Defense Lawyers at DWI.com offer an initial review of your case. Your inquiry is both free and confidential.
To begin fighting your Louisiana DWI, use the drop-down menu above to locate an Louisiana Attorney in your parish. But do it now, as time is very critical in a Louisiana DWI case.
In the state of Louisiana it is a crime to operate any motor vehicle while intoxicated to the point where the operator’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .08% or greater by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood; or the operator is under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance to the degree where they are noticeably impaired. Upon determination that you meet either of these criteria for a Louisiana DWI arrest you will be charged with a Louisiana DWI and immediately have your license suspended by the arresting officer for failure of the Blood Alcohol Test or refusal to submit to the BAC test. Louisiana is what is known as an Implied Consent state which means that when you accepted your driving privileges you also impliedly agreed to participate in field sobriety testing if requested to do so by an arresting officer. Additionally by operating your vehicle in the state of Louisiana, even when you are officially a resident of another state, you impliedly agree to the Louisiana Implied Consent law.
Upon arrest for a Louisiana DWI there will be two legal proceedings initiated. One is of a criminal nature and will be prosecuted through the Louisiana court system. The second is of a civil nature and involves the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles initiating actions to suspend your Louisiana driving privileges. The second action begins with your arrest and you have only seven days from your arrest date to request a hearing from the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles to avoid having your driver’s license suspended before your Louisiana DWI case is even adjudicated upon. The consequences of acting too late or making the wrong decisions concerning your Louisiana DWI case can have disastrous long term consequences for your future driving privileges and insurance rates, depending on the details of your current case and if you have any prior offenses of a similar nature in any other states. Louisiana is a member of the Interstate Driver License Compact and shares information concerning your past driving record with the other 44 participating states. Convictions for a past DWI in a state that is a member of the Interstate Driver License Compact can have a significant impact upon the disposition and sentencing of your current Louisiana DWI case.