Gretna DUI Lawyer
Drinking and driving is illegal in all 50 states. While motorists know this, they are getting arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on a daily basis. A person who is caught driving with alcohol or drugs in their system can face charges of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). In Louisiana, these two terms are often used interchangeably. The bottom line is that if you are operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and your normal abilities are impaired, then you can get charged. And notice that the term is “motorized vehicle,” so you can get a DUI while operating a scooter, a boat, or even a motorized skateboard.
If you are pulled over by police for possible intoxication, an officer can measure the amount of alcohol in your blood by using a tool called a Breathalyzer. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is at 0.08 or higher, then you can be charged with DUI. If you refuse to take a Breathalyzer test, the penalties are severe and could mean license loss for one year.
There are a lot of penalties involved with a DUI, even though it is typically a misdemeanor. Palazzo Law Firm will help you through the process and work hard for you throughout the process. Our experienced Gretna DUI lawyer can help you get your penalties reduced so you can move on with your life.
For a first DUI conviction, the penalties include:
- A fine ranging from $300 to $1,000
- Ten days to six months in jail
- Completion of a court-approved substance abuse program
- Completion of a court-approved driver improvement program
- Community service
For a second DUI conviction, the penalties include:
- A fine ranging from $750 to $1,000
- Jail time ranging from 30 days to six months
- No parole until 48 mandatory days of jail time have been completed
- Community service
For a third DUI conviction, the penalties include:
- A $2,000 fine
- Imprisonment for 1-5 years
- 30 eight-hour days of community service
- Psychological evaluation
- Completion of a court-appointed treatment program
If you kill someone while driving drunk, it becomes a felony. The penalties include 5-30 years in prison and a fine ranging from $2,000 to $15,000.
After a DUI arrest, you need to act quickly. You have just 30 days to apply for a hearing with the DMV to keep your driving privileges. This is a key step, so don’t delay. Contact a criminal defense lawyer right away.
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
DUI offenses are not always taken seriously. You should know that there’s a lot at stake, so act accordingly. The team at Palazzo Law Firm takes these charges seriously and will work hard to get you a good outcome. Fill out the online form or call 504-433-1442 to schedule a consultation with an experienced Gretna DUI lawyer.