You may think that getting pulled over and charged with DUI in Louisiana may not be so big a deal if you only had a couple drinks and are certain you weren't stumbling all over the place or slurring your speech. The problem is that situations like this may appear to be cut and dried and, for the most part, easily resolvable. However, if the arresting officer says you performed poorly on a field sobriety test or chemical test results don't turn out in your favor, not only might you face a serious legal challenge, your freedom may be at risk if the court hands down a conviction.
Certain issues may definitely increase your risk of conviction. Drunk driving laws vary by state, though the trend is toward stronger enforcement. Louisiana's laws carry severe penalties for DUI conviction, even if it's your first offense.
Asking an experienced criminal defense attorney to aggressively advocate on your behalf is a logical way to increase your chances of avoiding possible long-lasting repercussions associated with a DUI arrest. With someone well-versed in the drunk driving laws of this state by your side, you can determine which type of defense strategy may be best in your particular case. Did a police officer violate your Fourth Amendment rights? Was the Breathalyzer device used to test your blood alcohol content level properly calibrated?
These are questions that an experienced attorney knows how to find answers to determine whether you have grounds to request a drunk driving case dismissal or challenge certain evidence prosecutors may be trying to use against you. Lorenzi & Barnatt, L.L.P., has successfully guided many DUI defendants through the Louisiana criminal justice system. Our legal team can protect your rights and best interests and determine a course of action that helps mitigate the long-term consequences of your situation as much as possible.