If you get together with your friends on a Saturday night and enjoy a drink or two that happen to contain alcohol, it’s not necessarily illegal if you drive home afterward. Whether you’re breaking Louisiana law depends on several factors — one of which is how much alcohol is in your bloodstream when you get behind the wheel. The most obvious way to avoid drunk driving problems in a situation like that would be to completely abstain from alcohol if you plan on driving a car.
Surprisingly, some people have faced drunk driving charges after chemical tests produced positive results for blood alcohol content levels, when they had never consumed a single alcoholic beverage! Many times, it has something to do with other products drivers used that contained alcohol as an ingredient. With assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney, such situations are often able to be resolved in court, but usually not without tremendous challenges.
If you get pulled over by police after an evening on the town, and you know you had a couple of drinks before driving, everything you do and say from that point on may affect your future. In fact, your very freedom may be at stake. If you’re aware of your rights, you know you can invoke the Fifth Amendment (which protects your right to remain silent) until you’ve had a chance to speak with an attorney.
Lorenzi & Barnatt, L.L.P. is fully committed to helping motorists facing drunk driving charges in Louisiana. It’s understandable that you’d want to explore any and all options available to hopefully lessen the negative consequences of your situation. Your chances of avoiding conviction may be higher if you allow one of our experienced attorneys to act on your behalf in court.