If you’re here, you probably just got out of jail for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Maybe you have a family member in jail for DWI, sometimes called DUI (Driving Under the Influence).
We understand that being arrested and incarcerated in one of the local Louisiana jails was the most awful experience you’ve ever had, whether it was in St. Tammany Parish, Jefferson Parish, Ouachita Parish or any of the Louisiana jails.
You may be worrying about going back to jail, losing your driver’s license, your job, your money, and perhaps your relationships. You may be at a loss for what to do next. A DWI conviction can have adverse consequences in all those areas.
Why put your trust in a criminal defense lawyer who only handles a few DWI cases each year? You need an attorney who handles DWI cases in Louisiana courts every day.
We can help you. We know what to do. We have devoted our lives to defending DWI cases like yours. If you check out our credentials, you will see that we’re one of the best and most successful DWI Defense Firms in the State of Louisiana. I get great results because of my years of experience, advanced training in DWI defense, and hard work.
We do not care if you were driving while impaired. Our job is not to judge but to make sure that every right the United States Constitution gives you is afforded you when charged with a crime and to do all within our power to get you the best result possible with an aggressive legal defense.
About 50 percent of our clients have made a one-time serious mistake in judgment, and the other 50 percent may well have a drinking problem to some degree. It does not matter to us which category you fall in. All of you are entitled to a vigorous defense.
How much does DWI defense cost?
Our fees are affordable and reasonable. Call us for a free telephone consultation, and we’ll discuss the facts of your case and what it will cost to hire us to defend you. Once we have the basic information about your case and the specific charges you face, we can tell you how much it will cost.
The cost of DWI defense varies from case to case. While there are certainly cheaper attorneys, you generally get what you pay for in this business. Our experience and training allow us to charge a little more, but our fees are still affordable. If you’re in a cash bind, we can work out a payment plan. Additionally, we accept Visa and MasterCard.
Is there a difference between DWI and DUI in Louisiana?
Different states call it different things, but they are all the same in all 50 states.
DWI (driving while intoxicated)
DUI (driving under the influence)
OUI (operating under the influence)
Some folks have told us that they think one might be for drugs and the other for alcohol. Not true. The important thing is that if you get a conviction in another state, it can be used against you in Louisiana to enhance a penalty here, if you get a DWI in Louisiana.
Serving the Entire State of Louisiana
We try to make it as convenient as possible for all our clients, particularly out-of-state clients, so they are not coming here and wasting time with court appearances that have been cancelled or continued, or trials that are set, but the District Attorney is not ready to proceed.
Call DWI attorneys James Bates and Robert McMillin at 985-643-0316 if you were arrested for DWI anywhere in Louisiana, including the metro New Orleans area, the parishes of St. Tammany, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles, St. John, and St. Bernard.
Two Hearings: Driver’s License and Criminal Charges
In every state, your license is automatically suspended if you are charged with a DWI. The State of Louisiana provides you with the opportunity to apply for an administrative hearing, which will delay and possibly prevent any license suspension. You can get your driver’s license suspended in any state, even if you get your DWI in Louisiana, as all states work together in dealing with DWI.
There is a 15 day deadline to apply for that hearing. Our office will file those papers for you.
The driver’s license suspension is totally separate from the criminal charge of DWI, which you will also have to defend. Failure to defend that aspect of the case will leave your insurance, possibly your employment, your background check and your driver’s record in serious jeopardy. You need an expert DWI lawyer to fight these fights for you.
“Hello, I’m James Bates, DWI defense attorney. If you are looking at this video, then you or a loved one has probably recently seen the inside of a jail cell while being charged with Driving While Intoxicated. I know that the experience was dehumanizing, degrading, and traumatic. I know that you are probably worried silly, and full of anxiety about what to do now.
You need an experienced attorney who has extensive training in DWI defense. Look at my qualifications on the attorney profile page. Compare them to all the other attorneys you are considering, and you will see that there are no lawyers out there who can exceed my level of experience and DWI training. Only a couple of them can come close to matching my training and experience. More then 98% of my practice is DWI defense. While I am not the cheapest lawyer around, my fees are reasonable, and more importantly, my fees are affordable. You will find that in law, you get what you pay for. It is a fact that if a lawyer does not have the proper training and experience in DWI defense, he cannot do a competent job of defending your DWI charge.
Look, I don’t care what you have done. Perhaps you have just made a one-time mistake of judgment. Perhaps you are approaching my age, doing what you have always done, and they have changed the rules on you. Maybe you are coming to realize that you might have a drinking or drug problem. None of that, I repeat, none of that changes the fact that your rights as a citizen of this country mean that you are innocent until the state proves you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The fact that you may have been impaired is not the only important issue. The State must play by the rules and respect your rights guaranteed to you by the United States Constitution. I will make them do that. Contact my office for an appointment. I can help you.”