Why should you hire James Bates as your DWI defense lawyer? The answer is experience and criminal defense expertise specifically for defense of cases related to DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). James Bates has 43 years trial experience, of which the last 13 years have been devoted almost exclusively to defending DWI cases.
James Bates is More Than a Criminal Defense Attorney – He’s a DWI Attorney
James Bates is a member of the leading professional organization for DWI defense attorneys, the NCDD (National College of DUI Defense, Inc). Only lawyers who have demonstrated a great interest in DWI defense are selected to be members in the NCDD. James, because of his interest in defending those accused of DWI, is the Louisiana State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. DWI cases must be the majority of an attorney’s law practice. Member lawyers must agree to regularly undergo advanced training in DWI/DUI defense at seminars and study groups around the United States so that they can be attorneys best qualified to represent clients charged with DWI or DUI.
The National College for DUI Defense states:
“Few offenses in America’s criminal justice process call for greater attorney expertise than cases involving driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. DUI cases are especially complex because they require defense counsel to understand scientific, as well as legal processes. The legal issues are wide-ranging, involving search and seizure, due process, illegal interrogation, denial of counsel, and complex evidentiary issues. These legal issues intersect in a DUI case with scientific areas of expertise, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and toxicology, as well as pseudo-scientific areas such as field sobriety testing. DUI defense counsel must also have a working understanding of the operation of breath test equipment, hospital testing equipment, and instruments utilized by forensic laboratories in the process of testing for intoxicants”
Better Trained Than The Police Officer Who Arrested You for DWI
To understand and become competent in the practice of DWI defense, attorneys must learn how police officers are taught to detect DWI. That includes reasons for a traffic stop and the steps involved in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
James Bates has had more training in the administration of field sobriety tests as a criminal DWI defense lawyer than the majority of police officers receive. That’s because he is trained as an instructor in administering field sobriety tests. Additionally, he has completed the overview course in Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) and has taken a very advanced course in Gas Chromatography (at the Axiom Labs in Chicago) in the operation of the Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer. This is the same machine used by the Louisiana State Crime Lab in blood testing to determine if the driver charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) has drugs or alcohol in his system.
How Much DWI Training Should Your Criminal Defense Lawyer Have?
If your lawyer has not had this basic training or any further instruction in tactics and strategy in defending DWI charges, then he or she is severely compromised for one simple reason. Your lawyer doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. More specifically, your lawyer doesn’t know what the police have been trained to know. Not only has James Bates had this training, he trains other attorneys in Continuing Legal Education seminars on the subject of DWI defense.
When is a DWI a Felony in Louisiana?
No matter the crime, when charges reach the level of a felony, the punishment and consequences increase dramatically. Multiple DWI offenses, particularly 3rd and 4th offense DUI convictions are considered felonies. Additionally, if you are involved in an accident while you were intoxicated and the other party is killed, you can be charged with the felony of DUI vehicular manslaughter. A severe accident with serious injuries to members of the other vehicle is also a felony and is called a vehicular negligent injuring in the state of Louisiana.
All of these felonies result in prison sentences with jail time that cannot be removed with probation. Hard labor during these sentences is also a possibility. Further penalties for felony DUI convictions include a minimum of $2,000 in fines, over 30 hours of community service, and the loss of both your vehicle and license.
The penalties for a felony DUI conviction will threaten your employment and quality of life. Because the stakes are so high, so you need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights and give you your best chance at reduced punishments. Having spent 4 decades as a trial lawyer, James Bates is one of the top choices for legal counsel in all of Louisiana.
You are not likely to find a criminal attorney more qualified in DWI defense.
James Bates has represented clients in the courtroom for over 4 decades, and he has had extensive training and trial experience as a DWI defense lawyer. He knows how to win a DWI case, and you want him on your side as your defense counsel.
There are no criminal attorneys in Louisiana with more experience and training than James Bates. In fact, there are very few qualified DWI defense lawyers in the entire state of Louisiana. There are plenty of law firms with well-qualified attorneys in the area of general criminal defense, but they are sadly lacking when it comes to defending DWI charges.
While Bates and McMillin may not be the cheapest criminal defense law firm in the New Orleans area, rates are very reasonable and payment plans are available.
Don’t hire a law firm based on who is the cheapest. Weigh the costs of hiring a less-than-competent criminal attorney against the costs of winning your case by having a top-rated DWI attorney representing you. The penalties for DWI in Louisiana are too high to take chances with any criminal lawyer who doesn’t have a reputation for winning DWI cases.
Offices in Slidell near New Orleans – Representing clients throughout the state of Louisiana
James Bates travels throughout the state of Louisiana to represent clients in criminal DWI cases, particularly in the following parishes: Ascension, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, E. Baton Rouge, Iberia, Lafayette, Livingston, Ouachita, Rapides, St. Landry, Tangipahoa