It may be too late for a designated driver

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Effective DWI Representation

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Louisiana is known for its joie de vivre (joy of life) attitude and fun-loving lifestyle. But sometimes, things can get out of hand and you find yourself in a difficult situation. If you or someone you love is charged with an alcohol-related offense, you want the most effective defense possible.Treating your case quickly and with discretion is high priority. Whether you have exceeded the blood alcohol content (BAC) allowable, or refused to take the chemical test at a traffic stop, we can help. Our knowledgeable legal team can help you navigate the most current laws and understand the consequences of a conviction.

In 1972, Louisiana lawmakers enacted a comprehensive legislative package to address the dangers posed to the public by drunk driving on our roadways. Drinking and driving laws in Louisiana are mainly based on the amount of alcohol in your system at the time of vehicle operation. Louisiana DWI laws impose both civil and criminal penalties for those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There is a standard national limit (0.08% BAC) for drivers over the age of 21, but penalties range in severity depending on a variety of factors. Prior offenses, age, BAC, who is in the car, and  whether or not the vehicle is considered a “commercial” one can have a major impact on what penalties a prosecutor will seek in your case.

The prosecution and defense of a Louisiana DWI charge may include complex, nuanced legal issues involving state and federal laws, the details surrounding your stop and arrest, scientific evidence, eyewitnesses, and expert testimony. A good attorney can ensure that you know what your options are and can then negotiate on your behalf. A good DWI attorney will ensure that you know your options and then negotiate on your behalf for the best possible outcome given your particular circumstances.

Although avoiding the situation altogether is always the best solution, we understand that when you need our expertise, we can provide it efficiently and effectively. License suspension, fines and jail time are real possibilities. You don’t want to start this process alone and uneducated. At Southern Oaks, we comb through the details of every case to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients

We also know that there are so many things to worry about beyond legal ramifications. We will use our experience to create a calm environment so you can make the best decisions about how to respond to the matter at hand. Contact Lafayette attorney Taylor Fontenot and know you are getting sympathy and strength as well as competency and expertise.

What is the “legal limit”? 

Every person is different, so although there are calculators you can use that reference your body weight, sex, and number of drinks, these methods aren’t always accurate. Individual characteristics may change your results and have a large effect on the calculation of your blood alcohol content level. To be under the legal limit, your BAC must be under 0.08% if you’re 21 or over. For drivers under the legal age, that number is 0.02%. For reference purposes, a 125-lb woman could not likely consume more than two glasses of wine in an hour and be considered under the legal limit. A 175-lb man drinking a few beers watching the game may also exceed the limit. A designated driver or transportation alternative (like a rideshare, taxi, or public transportation) should be identified before you ever indulge in alcoholic consumption, no matter how casual or harmless it may seem.

Give us a call today and relax knowing we’re here to help.

Important DWI Resources

We provide for you the sentencing guidelines for your first, second, third, or your fourth or subsequent offense.

Here we break down the essentials for: penalties, scope, testing, deferred sentencing, and representation.

The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.