If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated in St. Tammany Parish, or anywhere on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, you may have to serve jail time, perform community service, or submit to home monitoring. It’s also possible that you’ll lose your driver’s license. And if you can’t drive, you might not be able to work.
In Covington, you need legal representation with top credentials and a history of winning on your side.
For St. Tammany Parish residents, the penalties for drunk driving and drunk boating are steep. They start with license reinstatement fees and include additional fines, jail time, community service, and even incarceration.
If you are arrested more than once for driving under the influence, the fines, penalties and jail time increase with every additional offense. You may be required to:
- Install an ignition interlock device on your car
- Wear an ankle monitoring device
- Attend a substance abuse program
- Spend up to a year, or more, much more, in jail
You may even be denied a commercial driver’s license with a lifetime disqualification if you get a 2nd DUI with a CDL. Thus, a DUI could severely damage your job opportunities and harm your chances of providing for your family. Pleading guilty should only be a last resort. A trained criminal defense attorney will evaluate your case and present you with your best legal option.
Aggressive, experienced, dedicated St. Tammany Parish DWI attorneys
A felony DWI conviction can ruin your life. To protect yourself, you need a passionate lawyer who will create a vigorous defense for you.
With offices conveniently located in Slidell, Bates and McMillin defends clients arrested for DWI in all of St. Tammany Parish, including Covington, Mandeville, Abita Springs, Madisonville, Pearl River, Causeway Bridge and Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
2128 Front Street
Slidell, LA 70458
Saint Tammany Parish
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DWI Case Study – Covington, Louisiana
Our law office recently concluded a St. Tammany DWI case where the client had 3 DWI’s and had failed to appear in court for any of them. Because of his fear and denial, the client was looking at six years in prison plus additional time for contempt for his repeated failures to appear.
This client was not an ignorant person. He had a responsible job and was a single father. He was just scared. He had a drinking problem, and after the third arrest he was finally willing to admit that he was in trouble.
All three of his DWI’s were air-tight arrests. There were no defenses to guilt. In spite of that, we were able to work a plea bargain with the approval of the District Attorney with one of the harshest sentencing judges in Covington, Louisiana.
He did not spend a single day in jail.
We were able to get them to order help for his drinking problem. Today, he is still working the same job, and his little girl is grateful she has her father back. He is sober, too.
We were able to get him in the DWI Court program in Covington, Louisiana, and he is a new man. He is happy for the first time in years.
All is not gloom and doom. Some judges are aware of the pointlessness of incarcerating someone whose real crime is being uncontrollably addicted to drugs or alcohol. These judges realize that incarceration only leads to a very thirsty drunk after the jail term in concluded. They are now taking baby steps toward recognizing and addressing this problem.
You need a criminal defense lawyer who will do his all to convince the District Attorney and the Judge that justice is best served by helping people rather than punishing them or putting them in jail.
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Reach out today for a free, private review of your case: 985-643-0316. We’re waiting to hear your side of the story and discuss how we can help you fight for your rights.
Don’t hesitate. Contact Bates and McMillin today!
Covington DWI Resources
Judicial District: 22
Parish: Saint Tammany
Parish Seat: Covington
22th Judicial District Court
St. Tammany Parish Justice Center
701 N Columbia St
Covington, LA 70433