If you spend time in prison in Shreveport, Louisiana for any duration, everyone can view your mugshot and arrest record. A criminal record, as public as this, can ruin your reputation and destroy your chances of promotion or employment. Your boss or potential employer can search for this information at any time, thus a DUI conviction can haunt you for years to come.
What can you do to protect your good name? You need a criminal defense attorney who has the years of experience and training to defend you. You need tough attorneys on your side who have top credentials and a history of winning against drunk driving charges.
Consequences of a Shreveport DWI
Though considered a misdemeanor, a first time DUI conviction still has the following negative consequences:
- A fine with a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $1,000 or 6 months of jail time
- A prison sentence of at least 48 hours
- A probationary period for up to 2 years as determined by the court
- About 30 hours of a driver’s education program involving mandatory attendance and completion of three courses in drug and alcohol abuse, driver improvement, and a MADD Victim Impact Panel
- Community service for a minimum of 32 hours; 16 of those hours will be devoted to garbage pick-up
Additional considerations for 1st-time DUI include:
- A BAC greater than .15 results in an additional 48 hours in prison that cannot be suspended
- If the BAC is higher than .20, then 48 hours in jail are added, plus a fine of $750 to $1,000, and the installation of an ignition interlock device for the duration of one year
- If a second DWI, there is a BAC of .20 or over, the suspension period is 4 years
But this is just the beginning. If you’re arrested more than once, the penalties for repeat DUI convictions start here and only get worse. A third offense DWI is a felony, with a minimum of one year in prison with no opportunity for suspended sentence. For a fourth or subsequent DWI offense, the minimum prison sentence is ten years.
Aggressive, expert, compassionate DWI attorneys for Shreveport, Louisiana
James Bates works in all the courts and has successfully defended DWI charges. He has prevented imprisonment and obtained help for many of the accused who had alcohol or substance abuse problems, even on felony cases. Those clients needed help, not imprisonment. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you need help too.
With years of experience and advanced training, and a history of winning, James Bates is a top-rated attorney serving all of Caddo Parish, including Shreveport, Blanchard, Greenwood, Oil City, and Vivian. In fact, he handles drug and alcohol DUI defense cases throughout the state, and can
James Bates’ first-rate training, proven expertise, and compassion have generated successful defenses time and time again, and have permitted him to build the largest DUI defense firm in Louisiana.
DWI Resources for Caddo Parish
Judicial District: 1
Parish Seat: Shreveport
First Judicial District Court
501 Texas Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
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