Every state, including Louisiana, has specific traffic laws that govern what motorists may and may not do behind the wheel. Some situations can also result in criminal charges (rather than traffic violations), such as when a police officer suspects a person of drunk driving. A traffic stop can quickly go from being a relatively minor problem that is easily rectified to something much more serious. In fact, your entire future may be at stake if you are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Lake Charles, especially if the situation is connected to a motor vehicle accident where another person was injured or killed.
Knowing what the laws are ahead of time may help you avoid problems. Clearly, the best way to prevent DWI charges is to abstain from alcohol if you plan on driving a car. This is not to say, however, that anytime you merely have a glass of wine or a beer with friends, you are committing a crime if you do drive yourself or someone else home.
Many past situations include people whose blood alcohol content levels registered well under the amount listed for legal operation of a motor vehicle; yet, many still faced drunk driving charges in court. A police officer might report that he or she saw your car swerving or smelled alcohol on your breath. Especially if a collision was involved, it can be quite challenging to protect your rights and avoid conviction in such circumstances.
Lorenzi & Barnatt, L.L.P., is dedicated to helping all those in Lake Charles and surrounding Louisiana areas charged with drunk driving in this state. Your reputation, education, employment status, military career or other aspect of your life may be greatly impacted by the proceedings in criminal court. We are fully prepared to help you obtain the best results possible.