Drunk driving charges can ruin a job, finances and more

People make mistakes and that includes those who drive after consuming alcohol. Even if one is able to avoid conviction, simply being charged with such a Louisiana crime can negatively affect one's life. If police file charges, it means the near future will be filled with court appointments, which may necessitate time off work and other inconveniences.

If a person is blamed for a drunk driving accident, a defendant does not have to prove his or her innocence. To the contrary, it is up to the prosecution to prove otherwise, because every person is presumed innocent under the law. Although many prosecutors use aggressive tactics in their quests to secure convictions, an experienced criminal defense attorney knows how to counteract those strategies in court.

Every state lists .08 as the limit for blood alcohol content for legal operation of a motor vehicle (the limit is typically lower for commercial drivers and those under the age of 21). However, not every state has the same penalties and laws regarding the adjudication process when DUI charges are filed. This state's laws are very strict and penalties can be quite severe, including driver's license revocation, hefty fines and even jail time.

When facing drunk driving charges in Louisiana, the refusal to take a breath test or submit to a blood draw may impact the outcome. In many states, this activates automatic administrative penalties which typically include driver's license suspensions. Many people successfully avoid convictions, or obtain dismissal or reduction of charges when they rely on experienced criminal defense attorneys to protect their rights and to challenge any issue regarding a direct violation of those rights.

Source: fherehab.com, "Three Ways a Non-Fatal DUI Can Ruin and Destroy Your Life", Accessed on Sept. 25, 2017

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