Being involved in a routine traffic stop can be a stressful and harrowing experience under any circumstance. Upon encountering a similar scenario, the average person may also lack the necessary legal experience to know how best to handle the situation. A 32-year-old man is reportedly facing multiple charges after he was accused of drunk driving during a recent traffic stop in Louisiana.
The incident is said to have occurred on a recent Sunday morning after police claim to have encountered a vehicle that was drifting in and out of the lanes of traffic. After initiating a routine traffic stop and approaching the driver, police claim to have caught a strong odor of intoxicants emanating from the man. After he allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol prior to operating the vehicle, field sobriety tests were administered.
Authorities assert the man failed to perform these tests in a satisfactory manner and also claim that a check of his records indicated that he was driving on a suspended license. He was taken into custody shortly thereafter on suspicion of impairment. In addition to drunk driving charges, he is also facing charges for child endangerment and driving on a suspended license.
The penalties for a conviction for drunk driving charges are severe and can have a substantial impact on a person’s future. Those who stand accused of similar offenses could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney early on for guidance in making informed decisions about their situation. An attorney can examine the charges and evidence against a client in Louisiana and assist him or her in forming a strong defense for use during subsequent court proceedings.