Lafourche Parish DWI Attorney

Bates and McMillin, LLC
Louisiana DWI Attorneys
(985) 262-7870

Bates and McMillin Louisiana DWI Attorneys

from the date of your DWI arrest in Louisiana to request an administrative hearing. If you do not, you can lose your driver's license for up to one year after your DWI arrest. For immediate help contact the Louisiana DWI attorneys at Bates & McMillin to quickly contest your driver's license suspension.

Arrested for DWI in Lafourche Parish? Call Thibodaux DWI Attorney Robert McMillin

Protecting Your Rights after a DWI in Thibodaux

Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a DWI in Lafourche Parish

Louisiana DWI Attorneys
Bates and McMillin, LLC, Louisiana DWI Attorneys
Robert D. McMillin
Lafourche Parish DWI Lawyer
Statewide DWI & Criminal Defense Practice
Lafourche Parish, LA

Call (985) 262-7870

Were you arrested for DWI in Lafourche Parish? If you were arrested for drunk driving in Louisiana, it is important that you speak to a qualified attorney as soon as possible. If you arrested in Lafourche Parish or surrounding areas, you need to speak to a top Lafourche Parish DWI lawyer right away. Call Attorney Robert McMillin if you have been arrested for DWI in Lafourche Parish. To schedule a free, initial consultation with Lafource Parish DWI lawyer Robert McMillin, call (985) 262-7870 or you may fill out the consultation form found on this page.

  • Member of the National College of DUI Defense
  • Training in administration of field sobriety testing and drug recognition evaluation, administration of INTOXILYZER 5000 BAC AND GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY
  • Robert McMillin served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989-1995
  • James Bates has represented clients in the courtroom for more than 4 decades
  • Free DWI consultation and payment plans available

An arrest for DUI/DWI in Louisiana will bring about a series of stressful events. Under Louisiana DUI / DWI law, drunk driving is a criminal act that could result in suspension of all driving privileges, severe financial penalties and imprisonment.

While drinking to a point of impairment and then driving is never acceptable, not everyone arrested is guilty. Breath test equipment may not be properly calibrated, police may not have followed strict procedures, and sometimes even responsible social drinkers are arrested for the mere presence of alcohol.

Once arrested, the system makes little distinction between offenders. If found guilty, the legal, financial and social consequences of a DWI could impact the rest of your life. That is why it is important to seek legal advice and fight the charges filed against you.

Lafourche Parish DWI Lawyer Robert McMillin will ensure that your rights and liberties are protected in court. He pledges to aggressively defend you in an effort to earn the best possible resolution of your case. While each case is different, that could include dismissal of the case, reduction of charges or acquittal at trial. Even in a worst-case situation, he will seek to minimize the extent of the penalties.

The district attorney, police and even the judge want to secure a conviction so they don’t look soft on drinking and driving. You need Thibodaux DWI Attorney Robert McMillin working for your best interests. He will thoroughly investigate your case, prepare the most effective defense strategy and challenge the state’s case.

Get a Free DWI Consultation with a Lafourche Parish DWI Lawyer

Lafourche Parish DWI Attorney Robert McMillin will listen to your account of the arrest and ask you about your needs and goals. He will then be able to better outline your legal options and discuss his fee. The initial meeting is free and there is no obligation.

Because time is very important for a successful defense against DWI in Louisiana, you are encouraged to act quickly. To begin getting help with your driver’s license and your criminal charges, call (985) 262-7870 or fill out the secure form. Your inquiry will receive a prompt response.

Suspension of Your Driver’s License

When you are issued a driver’s license to operate a vehicle in the state, you agree to submit to a test for blood alcohol content whenever asked by a law enforcement officer. If you refuse to be tested or you submit to a breath, blood or urine test and have a BAC at or above the legal limit of 0.08%, the Implied Consent Law will be used to seize your driver’s license.

After an arrest for DWI in Lafourche Parish, you have 15 days to petition the Department of Public Safety for an Administrative Hearing and try to keep the suspension from being extended. Failure to act will lead to the complete suspension of all driving privileges 30 days after the arrest.

Lafourche Parish DWI Lawyer Robert McMillin has successfully represented clients at DPS hearings and helped them retain their driving privileges. To see if your license can be saved, contact DWI Attorney Robert McMillin immediately.

Regarding Out-of-State Drivers after a DWI in Lafourche Parish

For those with an out-of-state driver’s license, note that Louisiana shares DWI arrest information with other states. You license suspension penalty will be enacted in your home state.

Penalties for a DWI in Louisiana

There are both criminal and civil penalties associated with an arrest for driving under the influence in Lafourche Parish. The state legislature periodically changes the Louisiana DWI laws, so it is important to consult an attorney with current experience with drunk driving defense.

The extent and severity of DWI penalties depends on the details of your arrest and whether there are on additional alcohol related traffic offenses on your driving record. All arrests, even first offense, are subject to significant fines and court costs, supervised probation for which you must pay a monthly fee, community service, cancellation of auto insurance, loss of driver’s license, imprisonment and the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

One of the more lasting impacts of an arrest for DWI in Louisiana is having a criminal arrest record. Your arrest could be discovered with a simple background check and lead to difficulties with your existing job, reduced job opportunities in the future and a lower credit score that could restrict your ability to qualify for a loan or open a charge account.

The overall consequences of a DWI arrest in Louisiana make it important to try and keep your record clean. Protect your future and your freedom. Contact Lafourche Parish DWI Lawyer Robert McMillin for a free consultation.

Lafourche Parish DWI Lawyer Robert D. McMillin

Rob McMillin, US Marine CorpsJefferson Parish DWI Lawyer Robert McMillin is an aggressive criminal defense attorney who has been trained in DWI defense. After serving six years in the United States Marine Corps from 1989-1995, including Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he went to the University of Southern Mississippi and attended Tulane Law School on a merit based scholarship. He concentrates his criminal defense practice on DWI defense and fights as hard for his clients in the courtroom as he did in defending his country in the Middle East. Robert McMillin attends advanced DWI and criminal defense seminars across the country each year to continue his training and preparation for his clients DWI defense.

Rob McMillin, DWI Defense AttorneyRobert McMillin not only attends advance seminars on DWI defense that are put on by some of the best DWI defense attorneys in the nation, but he also attends advance conferences with laboratory training in Forensic Gas Chromatography and by the National College of DUI Defense’s annual session at Harvard Law School.

Robert McMillin has had more training in DWI’s than most police officers, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. This specific training allows him to detect when the required procedures are not followed by a police officer in a DWI arrest. Being armed with this information can be the result of a DWI dismissal or a reduction in charge.

James L. Bates, Louisiana DWI Lawyer

James Bates, Louisiana DWI LawyerThe need for and benefit from legal assistance has been outlined above. Hiring the right attorney is also critical for the successful disposition of your case. Many attorneys have general practices and rarely are involved with criminal law, let alone DWI cases. The potential impact from being found guilty of drunk driving is too significant to entrust with just any lawyer. You need an experienced and qualified Louisiana DWI Criminal Law Attorney.

Thibodaux DWI Attorney James Bates has more than 40 years of overall experience as an attorney. He dedicates nearly all of his time to DWI defense and he has actively engaged in special training in drunk driving defense. As a member of the National College of DUI Defense, the Louisiana Criminal Defense Attorneys Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers he regularly attends national seminars to develop his legal skills and learn about emerging defense strategies. He has completed certification in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests and is also a qualified instructor of those test procedures.

Attorney James Bates will use his skills, experience and training to develop the most effective Louisiana DWI defense for you. He offers affordable legal representation, and he will treat you with respect and show concern for you and the outcome of your case.

Attorney James Bates is a member of the Covington Bar Association, the Slidell Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar, and he is permitted to practice law in all state courts.

Act Now for the Best Result in Your DWI Case

Time is important when it comes to dealing with a Louisiana DWI. The district attorney is already working with the police to build a case against you. Your driver’s license may be suspended in a matter of days. If you want the best possible outcome, contact Lafourche Parish DWI Attorney Robert McMillin by calling (985) 262-7870 or filling out the form to schedule a free consultation.

Former DWI Client Reviews

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Actual Former DWI Clients
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5 Star Review
Rating: 10 out of 10
Based on 2 reviews


I am a licensed nurse planning to enroll in a registered nursing bridge program. I received a ticket for a DWI and sought out the legal assistance of Mr. Bates to handle my case. Despite the fact that I was not eligible for the diversion program, Mr. Bates was able to meet with the DA and further discuss my case. Mr. Bates went the extra mile and was able to convince the DA I was a good candidate for this program. Had I not been accepted into diversion I would not be able to further my nursing education. There would also be consequences from the state board of my current license. As a single mother of three I could not afford to lose my license or be out of work. Thanks to Mr. Bates, on completion of this program this will all be behind me and I can move forward with my goals. Thank you Mr. Bates!


Dear Mr. Bates,
I appreciate you and especially your secretary’s help through this situation. I was arrested for a DWI and I called you for help in assisting me with this matter and you met with me and re-assured me that all would be okay. Your team did the necessary work to prove my innocence and for that I am grateful. And again thank you so much for Miss Terri, I think I could drive her insane with my phone calls. Thank you.

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Louisiana DWI Attorneys
Bates and McMillin, LLC
Louisiana DWI Attorneys
Lafourche Parish DWI Lawyer
Statewide DWI & Criminal Defense Practice
Lafourche Parish, LA

Call (985) 262-7870

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Louisiana DWI Attorney Rob McMillin practices law in all courts in Lafourche Parish. Free initial telephone consultation. In person or video teleconferencing will be scheduled in Lafourche Parish.

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