The best person to help you with a DUI arrest is a highly trained and experienced criminal defense attorney. DUI charges aren’t a simple thing, nor should be your defense. You need an aggressive DUI law expert fighting for your rights and freedom.
On Your Side: Top-Rated Louisiana DUI Lawyers
James L. Bates Jr., and Robert D. McMillin are expertly trained criminal defense attorneys serving Lafourche Parish. They are both members of the National College for DUI Defense. James L. Bates Jr. currently serves as the State Delegate for Louisiana where he advises other DUI attorneys and helps develop leading-edge litigation strategies to help defend their clients accused of DUI. He is qualified as an instructor and administrator of standardized field sobriety tests. Robert D. McMillin is a former U.S. Marine who served his country at home and in the Middle East for six years. Now a Tulane Law School educated attorney, he fights hard for his clients with the determination, expertise and grit you’d expect of a Marine.
DUI in Thibodaux and Lafourche Parish: Consequences of Conviction
If you are worried that hiring a top-rated criminal defense attorney is too expensive, just consider the long-term expenses you’ll be hit with if the charges against you aren’t minimized or dropped:
- License reinstatement fees
- Hefty fines: ranging from $300 to $2,000, plus court costs
- Increased insurance rates of 30% for years to come
And when you factor in the punishments that affect your ability to earn a living, it only gets worse:
- Jail time: from 24 hours up to 30 years
- Suspension of your driver’s license for long periods of time
- Mandatory community service: Minimum 32 hours up to 240 hours, half of which must be trash pickup
If you are a repeat offender, the penalties for multiple DUI convictions only get worse. Here’s what else the law has in store for repeat offenders:
- Ignition Interlock device on your car for a period of years at your expense
- Long prison terms for up to 30 years or more
- Inpatient substance abuse program
- Loss of your driver’s license
- Criminal record in state and federal databases
Your Options After a DUI Arrest
Many people falsely believe that pleading guilty is their only option when charged with a DUI in Louisiana. That is rarely the case. Instead, you have options such as:
- Challenging the field sobriety test or Breathalyzer results
- Fighting against an illegal search
- Taking an 894 plea to keep the conviction off your record
- Reducing the charge to “wet reckless“
You won’t know your best legal defense until you speak with a experienced criminal defense attorney. Allow Bates and McMillin to fight for your rights.
Take Action! Get a FREE Case Consultation Now
Call now and ask a qualified DUI attorney to review of your arrest and legal prospects – at no cost to you: 985-643-0316. Speak confidentially about your case and get a professional legal opinion about your best options for protecting your rights, finances and freedom. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Bates and McMillin today.
DWI Resources for Thibodaux, LA
Judicial District: 17
Parish Seat: Thibodaux
17th Judicial Court
201 Green St.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court
Lafourche Parish Annex
303 West Third Street
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Recent Client Success: DWI Multiple Offender Defenses
Recently we defended a young man from Mississippi who was charged with a second offense DWI in Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish. The young man had a prior offense (called a predicate offense) in Mississippi only a year before where he had pled guilty to a first offense DWI. Louisiana law requires that the District Attorney must provide documentary evidence establishing that the prior offense was proven according to the standards set by the Louisiana and U. S. Supreme Courts, to ensure due process and fairness. The young man had gone out to celebrate his graduation from a seaman’s school with friends and appeared intoxicated to the arresting officer. He faced mandatory incarceration, 30 days of community service, and stiff fines, as well as the U. S. Coast Guard’s refusal to issue him a seaman’s license, as a result of the second offense DWI charge.
Robert McMillin, of the offices of Bates and McMillin, prepared a “Motion to Quash” the bill of information, disputing the allegation that there was a valid predicate prior offense, which is an attack on the charge of DWI Second Offense, brought by the District Attorney. The prosecuting assistant district attorney cited a Louisiana case (Louisiana vs. Balsano) asserting that if the prior offense is valid in the foreign state, then Louisiana Courts must accept it, even if the prior conviction would be invalid under Louisiana law. Our brief was so strong and convincing that the assistant district attorney conceded the argument, and reduced the charge to a first offense. The judge accepted a plea to first offense, even granting counsel’s request for an Article 894 expungement to keep the matter off the client’s record, thus in this case, saving the young man’s career as a seaman.
We get many cases where persons charged with DWI hire a lawyer who is not knowledgeable about DWI law and the clients suffer consequences they should not, and would not, suffer if they had hired an attorney with experience and expertise in DWI. You get what you pay for.
Remember what is important: It is not the factual issue of whether or not the accused was intoxicated while driving. It is whether or not the Government, through the prosecuting District Attorney, can convict the accused of all of the elements of the charge, according to the Due Process standards set forth by the US and Louisiana Constitutions. In this case, competent counsel made sure that the State had to abide by the rule of law.
If you have been arrested in for DWI in Thibodaux or anywhere in Louisiana, call 985-643-0316 for a free case consultation.