10 Things You Should Know if You Have a DWI Charge in Louisiana
DWI Laws in Louisiana
Carl Barkemeyer, Baton Rouge DWI/DUI Attorney, has represented many clients throughout Louisiana charged with misdemeanor and felony DWI. He is very knowledgeable concerning the intricate laws relating to DWI. He has outlined 10 important things you should know if you have received a Driving While Intoxicated charge in Louisiana.
10 Things You Should Know if You have been Charged with DWI
- You basically have two cases: criminal and administrative (license).
- DWI defined: The operation of a vehicle when the operator is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Underage DWI BAC is .02; however, if a minor blows over .08, he/she may be charged with regular DWI, which carries harsher penalties.
- DWI first and second offense is a misdemeanor. Sentencing may include jail time, probation, community service, and participation in a driver improvement and substance abuse program(s).
- DWI third offense and beyond is a felony. A conviction of third offense DWI may result in up to 5 years in prison and possibly 10 years for fourth offense DWI.
- Your driver’s license may be suspended if you are convicted of DWI. However, you may be eligible to apply for a hardship license.
- If you refuse the Breathalyzer, you may lose your driver’s license for one year. If you submit and blow over the legal limit, you may lose your license for 90 days. If you are convicted of DWI, you may lose your license for one year.
- You have 30 days from the date of arrest to request an administrative hearing to get your driver’s license back. You should hire an attorney to conduct the administrative hearing.
- A DWI conviction can affect your insurance, employment, school enrollment, and criminal record.
- You need a skilled and knowledgeable DWI lawyer, Carl Barkemeyer.
Contact Baton Rouge DWI/DUI Attorney Carl Barkemeyer at (225) 964-6720 to discuss DWI defense representation.