The most important thing that you can know about Driving While Intoxicated is DON”T DRINK AND DRIVE. Unfortunately, some people are accused of driving while intoxicated who are not “intoxicated” beyond the legal limit or who do not fit the law’s definition of “driving while intoxicated. You need to understand your rights when stopped by a law enforcement officer and charged with a DWI. Stephen Hebert can help even if you have already taken the tests and failed. There are many ways to defend a DWI case, and your defense to the criminal charge depends not only on the facts but also on hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight for you.
When you are stopped by a law enforcement officer and they ask you whether you have been “drinking” and also to step out of your vehicle, the officer believes that you are driving while intoxicated. The officer likely stopped you for another reason such as failure to drive in your lane, speeding, or some other violation. The officer will document any odor of an alcoholic beverage smell on your breath and any other observation about your appearance that may indicate consumption of alcohol.
When you are charged with a DWI, it is important to take immediate action. Driving while intoxicated in Louisiana is a charge that is taken very seriously and can include prison time and steep fines. Under the best circumstances, a conviction for driving while impaired may result in license suspension for one year. If you have been charged with drunk driving, you need a DWI lawyer with experience handling these cases. Stephen Hebert is familiar with criminal law and will advocate aggressively on your behalf. He will exhaust every option in the investigation of the claim against you in order to minimize your exposure to penalties.
Stephen D. Hebert, LLC – Attorney at Law
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New Orleans, LA 70130