A DUI Lawyer and Your Rights as a Defendant in Baton Rouge
If you’re looking for a DUI lawyer in Baton Rouge, then you are probably under some stress, and understandably so. A charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Louisiana – essentially the same charge as a DUI in other states – is a big deal. A suspended license, trouble finding employment, and even jail time can all have a major impact on a defendant’s future.
Hiring a great Louisiana DUI lawyer may be the difference between harsh punishment, receiving a lesser sentence, or possibly avoiding conviction entirely — especially if the police or prosecution made a mistake during your case.
A DUI Lawyer Will Make Sure Police and Prosecutors Follow the Law
Whatever they may have told you, police officers sometimes make serious errors in their initial investigations or reports. For example, faulty breathalyzer tests have gotten law-abiding drivers into serious trouble or exaggerated blood alcohol levels. This can occur if the breathalyzer was calibrated improperly.
A smart and experienced lawyer who knows their stuff can ask the right questions to ask to make sure that the authorities and prosecutors uphold your rights and follow the law as it’s written. Without this kind of assistance, the prosecution may try to scare you into making a deal that is not in your best interests – and that can mean heavier fines and jail time.
What if I’m Guilty?
Sometimes good people make bad choices but that doesn’t mean you don’t have rights. If you’ve been caught behind the wheel while intoxicated and the police have conducted their investigation in accordance with the law, you’re likely to face a penalty. Nevertheless, with a good lawyer on your side, it may be possible to significantly lessen your sentence.
A good attorney can leverage extenuating circumstances, a first offense, and other factors to persuade a judge and/or prosecutors that a lighter sentence is appropriate in your case. Every case is different and there are no guarantees but defendants who are not represented by skilled attorneys are at far greater risk of being dealt an excessively harsh sentence.
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By: Danny Russell, Esq.
Information furnished herein is only general and not a substitute for personalized legal advice. ****The photograph above is not a depiction of any actual event or scene, but merely a dramatization.