Knowledgeable Defense Against Drunk Driving Charges
If you or a loved one has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), you need a dedicated attorney fighting for your rights. With offices in the Bossier City-Shreveport area and Monroe, Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates has been providing strong, effective criminal defense to clients facing everything from first-time DWI charges to felony offenses for more than 30 years.
Strict Penalties For DWI Convictions
Louisiana has very strict DWI penalties. If convicted, first-time offenders face large fines, may be required to attend alcohol education classes, have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles, and risk having their licenses suspended for up to one year. Second-time offenders risk license suspension for two years. In addition, if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than .20, penalties are enhanced and license suspensions are increased by one year. DWI convictions also carry the potential for jail time.
If you have been charged with your third or fourth DWI, you are facing felony charges. A third DWI conviction carries anywhere from 45 days to five years in jail and a three-year license suspension. A fourth conviction carries a mandatory jail sentence that may be extended up to 30 years. A felony conviction will leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. As a convicted felon, you will be striped of your right to possess a firearm and vote, and may find it difficult to obtain a job or housing.
Fighting Your DWI Charges
Ms. Scott is an experienced litigator and skilled negotiator. She is a lawyer who is not afraid to stand up for her clients in court. Whether through plea deals or trial, we work hard to find the best resolution of our clients’ DWI charges.
We thoroughly analyze the circumstances surrounding our clients’ arrests. Was the stop lawful? Did police have probable cause to administer field sobriety tests and breath tests? Was the breath tests properly calibrated? Were other constitutional procedures followed? If we uncover any evidence of improper police action or questionable BAC testing, we will fight to have evidence thrown out and our clients’ cases dismissed.
Finding The Best Result Possible
In Louisiana, there are many alternative programs that allow people facing DWI charges an opportunity to reduce or avoid convictions. Through negotiation, DWI charges can sometimes be reduced to careless and reckless driving charges, and diversion programs often provide alternatives to the traditional criminal justice system.