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A drunk driving charge can be contested at every step

Getting stopped for drunk driving is something many individuals do not experience. However, with movies, cop shows, news casts and other sources, the overall process is common knowledge. After checking insurance and plates, the police officer will force you to conduct field sobriety tests and perhaps a Breathalyzer test. In the end, a person who has been charged a DUI or DWI may face the suspension or termination of his or her driver's license, an increase in his or her insurance rates and a mark on his or her record.

Understanding ignition interlock device regulations

Louisiana is one of eight states across the country that allow attachment of ignition interlock devices to vehicles even if the person is a first-time offender of drunk driving. This is a considerably serious provision, as not only is an ignition interlock device costly to install, it also prevents the driver from having a preset alcohol limit (even within a legal limit) while driving.

I blew under .08, so why am I still being arrested for DUI?

Many people in the New Orleans area probably know that it is illegal to drive with more than .08 blood alcohol content in their system. This blog has even discussed how our law firm will use strategies to attack the results of the police's breath or blood test, as they are not always reliable and, in some cases, were not lawfully obtained.

We are not afraid to challenge breath test results

Although a previous post on this blog discussed the numerous ways is which the Breathalyzer machine police use to officially check a Louisiana resident's blood alcohol content can be wrong, many New Orleans residents and guests to this city may still be afraid to challenge a drunk driving charge that almost inevitably follows a failed breath test. Some people, and even some attorneys, may take on the attitude that the machine simply does not lie.

How can a Breathalyzer breath test be wrong?

Many residents of New Orleans, Louisiana who get pulled over for drunk driving may be tempted to just plead guilty and accept their punishment. While sometimes this is in a person's best interests, sometimes people might do this because they do not think they can beat the charge. Specifically, they may think that their driving was not that bad, but the Breathalyzer test they took said they were over the legal limit, and the machine does not lie.

Man arrested for being over the limit after pedestrian death

A man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a fatal pedestrian accident in Mandeville, a Louisiana city not far from New Orleans. Although the man was charged with a first DWI, because of the pedestrian's death, the man also faces a negligent homicide charge. Together, these charges could land the driver in jail for a substantial period of time and could also mean fines, strict probation and a lengthy license suspension.

Louisiana's implied consent law and the results of ignoring it

Many New Orleans residents have probably heard about implied consent and probably also know that if they are pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving, they can get in trouble if they do not agree to take a blood or breath test, even though Louisiana law enforcement officers and prosecutors will use evidence from that test to get a DUI conviction.

5 collateral consequences of a drunk driving conviction

You likely already know about the consequences the court can impose, such as fines and time in jail, for a drunk driving conviction. Other consequences are also possible. Collateral consequences are those that the court doesn't impose. These collateral consequences can impact your life long after the court-imposed penalties are served.

St. Patrick's Day DWI stats

Any time that people come together to celebrate, they need to be wary of combining drinking and driving. Given the cultural focus on gatherings and green beer on St. Patrick's Day, it's especially sobering to see the frequency that Americans drink and drive on the holiday.

Penalties for a second DWI offense in Louisiana

There are many reasons why people drink alcohol in Louisiana. It is involved at many parties, social gatherings, sporting events and simply enjoyed in a person's home as a way to unwind. It is perfectly legal to consume alcohol, but the choices people make while they are drinking can lead to criminal charges. One of these choices is to get behind the wheel and drive their car.

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