Defending Against Allegations Of Drunk Driving

If you have been charged with drunk driving in Louisiana, you need the legal guidance of an experienced and skilled attorney ― an attorney who will fight tirelessly to defend your rights.

At Dowden & Smith, LLC, we recognize how frightening it can be when accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). Indeed, your life can instantly be thrown into chaos as you find yourself facing the significant fines and possible jail time an OWI conviction can bring, which is also known as DUI or DWI in other jurisdictions.

Your choice of attorney can have a direct impact on your case, so let us explain your legal options and help protect your freedom.

OWI/DUI/DWI Penalties

In Louisiana, even first-time offenders may face substantial penalties for an OWI/DUI/DWI conviction, including:

  • Potential jail time
  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Court-approved participation in substance abuse and driver improvement programs
  • Probation
  • Possible ignition interlock installation on all vehicles

Also, if chemical testing indicates you have a particularly high BAC ― .20 percent or more ― your license will be suspended and an ignition interlock device will be required on your vehicles, not to mention your fines will increase and you will have to serve a mandatory 48 hours in jail. Keep in mind, these penalties also rise dramatically for each subsequent offense.

Breathalyzer Refusals

If you think you can avoid a drunk driving conviction by refusing a Breathalyzer test, you better think again. Not only can you still be convicted of OWI/DUI/DWI based upon other evidence ― including officer testimony ― but your license will be suspended automatically. So, before you decide to refuse chemical testing, you better weigh your legal options first.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

If you need to speak to a drunk driving defense lawyer, call Dowden & Smith, LLC, today. From our office in Leesville, we serve clients throughout Vernon Parish and the surrounding areas, including those in Fort Polk. Reach out to us online or call us at 337-404-6605.