Defending Against DWI Charges In New Orleans

The penalties for driving while intoxicated are severe in Louisiana, and if you have been arrested for DWI, do not hesitate to start protecting your rights today.

At The Law Office of John J. Finckbeiner, we provide aggressive DUI defense representation to our clients in Chalmette and throughout the New Orleans area. Contact either of our offices — in New Orleans or Chalmette — for a free consultation to discuss your case.

The sooner we get involved, the sooner we can start fighting to protect your rights and interests.

Even A First-Time Conviction Can Have A Major Impact

In Louisiana, a first-time DWI conviction can result in up to six months in jail, a heavy fine, license suspension of up to 90 days and a possible requirement to install an ignition interlock device.

In other words, a first-time conviction can affect nearly every aspect of your life, including your finances, your ability to drive to work and your ability to accomplish routine tasks with the use of a vehicle. When you contact us, we can intervene on your behalf and explain your options for protecting your driver's license and fighting the charge.

Keep in mind, too, that a second or third DUI conviction typically results in increased penalties, and a high blood-alcohol content — above .15 percent — can also result in heavier penalties. There is all the more need to mount a strong defense if you are facing either of these situations.

Defense Strategies

People from nearly all walks of life find themselves facing drunk driving charges. Each case is different, however, and every step in the legal process, including the arrest, should be carefully scrutinized to ensure that a violation of your rights does not result in a conviction.

Important questions to ask when building your defense:

  • Did the police officer have a valid reason to pull you over?
  • Was the breath test administered properly?
  • Are the results of the breath test accurate?
  • Did the police officer inform you of your rights at the time of the arrest?

Flaws in police procedure are not uncommon, and we can investigate your case to determine whether any mistakes were made by the police or the prosecution.

Contact Us Today

For a free consultation with a Chalmette DWI defense lawyer, email us or call 504-662-1754. Our law firm is serious about safeguarding the rights of individuals accused of DWI in Louisiana.