If you are facing charges for driving while intoxicated in New Orleans, you should be aware that a DWI is a criminal offense in Orleans Parish. A conviction could result in jail time, community service, or home monitoring. You could lose your driver’s license through an administrative suspension before you even face criminal charges in court.
Drunk driving consequences often go beyond a sentence from the court. DUI penalties can put a strain of your family due to a license suspension and a hike in insurance premiums. You can lose your job or professional license. If you are a college student, you may have to face the college disciplinary board and you may lose scholarships or grant money.
A DUI is no laughing matter in Orleans Parish. That’s why you need the best criminal attorney to protect your rights and fight to get your DUI charges reduced or dismissed. Call our office at 985-643-0316 for a free initial consultation with a criminal DWI lawyer.
Alcohol-Related Charges in The Big Easy
Both Louisiana natives and tourists enjoy the many activities New Orleans has to offer. Alcohol is a big part of The Big Easy’s entertainment, whether one is participating in Mardi Gras, a Creole festival or sampling the many options at the city’s unique daiquiri drive-thru shops. Drinking in public is also permitted in the French Quarter, increasing the risk for an alcohol related-arrest. Common arrests in New Orleans include
- Misdemeanor and Felony DUI
- Underage Drinking
- Out of State DUI
- Open Container Violations
- Vehicular Homicide & Negligent Injury
- Child Endangerment
Not all DUI arrests are handled the same way. Let a top DUI attorney like Robert McMillin manage your case and help you achieve the best possible outcome. Schedule a free consultation today and begin the fight for your rights.
The Cost of a DWI in New Orleans
For even a first offense DWI charge, penalties include:
- Hefty fines: ranging from $300 to $1000
- Jail time: 24 hours up to six months
- Suspension of your driver’s license: up to two years
- Mandatory community service: 40 hours or more
- License reinstatement fees which are substantial
- Criminal record in state and federal databases
Because DWI is a crime that may be an enhanced offense, the punishments for driving while intoxicated increase with every additional offense. You may be required to submit to an Ignition Interlock device on your car – and pay for it yourself. You may be sent to a substance abuse program, driver improvement program, and a MADD victim impact program at your own expense.
Legal Options Following a DUI
Pleading guilty is rarely the only option following a drinking and driving arrest. Instead, your best legal outcome could happen when your attorney:
- Challenges the field sobriety test or Breathalyzer results
- Fights against an illegal search
- Negotiates an 894 plea to keep the conviction off your record
- Argues to reduce the charge to a wet reckless conviction
You won’t know your best legal defense until you speak with a trained legal professional. Allow Bates and McMillin to handle your case with skill and compassion.
New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorneys
If you can’t afford the consequences of a DWI conviction, you need an experienced lawyer who will fight relentlessly for you.
Robert D. McMillin is a member of the National College for DWI Defense Attorneys and a formidable criminal defense attorney serving serving Orleans Parish and the Greater New Orleans area.
Defending DWI cases requires a combination of legal and scientific expertise and experience that few criminal attorneys possess. If you are facing DUI charges in Orleans Parish or anywhere else in Louisiana, we will analyze your case and aggressively defend you!
Call 985-643-0316 to have your DWI case reviewed by an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Serving the Greater New Orleans Area
With offices located in the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area, we serve the Northshore and Southshore of Lake Pontchartrain, including the Parishes (same as county) of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John, and St. Bernard. We get many clients coming here for various athletic events held in New Orleans, Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, and the many festivals held in this area.
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You can get a professional review of your case completely free of charge by just calling: 985-643-0316. Speak confidentially about your arrest and receive a professional legal opinion about your best options for fighting conviction.
New Orleans DWI Resources
Judicial District: 41
Parish: Orleans Parish
Parish Seat: New Orleans
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
2700 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
New Orleans First City Court
421 Loyola Avenue., Room 201
New Orleans, LA 70112
New Orleans Second City Court
225 Morgan Street
New Orleans, LA 70114
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