James Bates and Robert McMillin
Louisiana DWI Lawyers

James Bates, Louisiana Criminal DWI Defense Attorney Robert McMillin, New Orleans Criminal DWI Defense Lawyer

If you’re here, you probably just got out of jail for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in the state of Louisiana.

Do you need a Louisiana DWI Attorney?

We understand that being arrested and locked up in Louisiana may have been the worst experience you’ve ever had, whether it was in St. Tammany, Jefferson, Ouachita or any Louisiana parish.

You may be worried 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 negative consequences in all those areas.

Maybe you have a family member facing penalties for DWI, sometimes called DUI (Driving Under the Influence), in Lafayette or Baton Rouge.

Perhaps you are at risk of losing your CDL or professional license in Monroe, Lake Charles or Alexandria.

You need an attorney who handles DWI cases in Louisiana courts every day. 

Why put your trust in a criminal defense lawyer who only handles a few misdemeanor DWI cases each year? We fight DUI charges every day, from first offense misdemeanor cases to highly complex felony DWI cases.

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 most experienced DWI criminal defense firms in the State of Louisiana. We get results because of years of handling DWI cases, 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 U.S.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 criminal defense 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. Anyone arrested for DWI is entitled to a vigorous legal defense.

Get your case reviewed today by DWI lawyers James Bates and Robert McMillin. Call our office in Slidell.

How much does a DUI lawyer 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.

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’ll be able to tell you the cost of your DWI defense.

If you’re in a cash bind, we can work out a payment plan. Additionally, we accept Visa and MasterCard.

Get your case reviewed today by DWI lawyers James Bates and Robert McMillin.

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)

Though driving under the influence seemingly indicates a lower level of alcohol in the system, Louisiana does not distinguish between a DUI and a DWI. Thus, a charge of driving while intoxicated could be represented with all three abbreviations.

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.

DUI Defense Attorneys Serving ALL of Louisiana

We try to make the process as simple as possible for all our clients, particularly out-of-state clients. We don’t want you to come here and waste time with court appearances that have been cancelled or delayed.

Call New Orleans area DWI attorneys James Bates and Robert McMillin if you were arrested for DWI anywhere in Louisiana.

In the New Orleans metro area, we often represent clients in Covington, Metairie, Hahnville, Edgard, Chalmette. Throughout the state of Louisiana, we often handle DWI cases in Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport.

What Happens After a DWI Arrest in Louisiana?

The DWI process consists of two hearings – one related to your driver’s license and one to address your criminal charges. In Louisiana, your license is automatically suspended if you are charged with a DWI. In fact, your driver’s license can be suspended in any state when you get a DWI in Louisiana since states work together in dealing with DWI.

We can help you file the papers to apply for an administrative hearing, which will delay and possibly prevent any license suspension.

Don’t wait to act. There is a 15 day deadline to apply for that hearing. 

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.

Call 985-643-0316 if you were arrested for DWI in any of the following parishes:

Call 504-259-7461 if you were arrested for DWI in any other parish in Louisiana, including:

Video Transcript

“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 than 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.”