If you are convicted of DWI in Lafayette Parish, you may be facing jail time, community service, or home monitoring. You might also lose your driver’s license and put your job at risk. Even a first DWI offense can be a threat to your livelihood, and you’ll need expert help to fight it. Drunk driving defense attorney James Bates is here to help you.
DWI Penalties in Lafayette Parish
If you live in Lafayette Parish, you know that driving under the influence is a serious offense with serious repercussions. For even a first offense DUI, there may be:
- Steep fines: from $300 to $2000
- Incarceration: 24 hours up to 30 years
- Suspension of your driver’s license and/or privileges from 90 days to life
- Mandatory community service: 32 – 240 hours
- License reinstatement fees
- Criminal record in state and federal databases
In Louisiana, DWI is an enhanceable offense, so the fines, penalties and jail time increase with every additional conviction. You may be forced to install an Ignition Interlock device on your vehicle – and pay for it. You may be required to attend a substance abuse program. You might even lose your license permanently. Learn more about the penalties for drunk driving in Lafayette Parish.
Lafayette DUI Attorney
If you can’t afford the consequences of a DWI conviction, you need a top-rated, experienced DWI attorney with a strong history of winning.
James L. Bates Jr. is a smart, seasoned criminal defense attorney with an impressive record of getting his clients penalties reduced and even dismissed. A member of the National College for DWI Defense, he is the State Delegate for Louisiana, acting as a mentor to other DUI attorneys. He is instrumental in the development of leading-edge litigation strategies to defend clients accused of drug and alcohol related DWI in every parish.
Few lawyers have the combined legal and scientific training that is necessary to successfully defend DWI cases. But you’ll find that expertise and knowledge in spades at Bates and McMillin. If you are accused of DUI in Lafayette Parish or anywhere else in Louisiana, we will analyze your case and aggressively defend you!
DWI Resources for Lafayette Parish
Judicial District: 15
Parish Seat: Lafayette
15rd Judicial District Court
Lafayette Parish Courthouse
800 South Buchanan Street
Lafayette, LA 70502
Lafayette City Court
105 E. Covenent Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
Ask for a FREE DUI case consultation
You can get a confidential, free consultation about your case by just calling: 504-259-7461. You are under no obligation. Speak privately about your arrest and receive a professional legal opinion about your best options for fighting conviction. And you can rest assured, when you retain our counsel, you won’t pay a different rate based on the parish you live in, and you will never be charged for attorney travel expenses. James Bates is a pilot and frequently flies his own plane to courthouses all over Louisiana.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Bates and McMillin today and get the tough, experienced help you need!