Defense Attorney for DUI and DWI Charges
Lafayette, Louisiana Drunk Driving Defense
Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol has become an increasingly serious criminal charge in Louisiana. DUIs carry tough penalties, such as license suspension, large fines and even jail time. Second or third DWI offenses are felonies with automatic jail time and lengthy drivers’ license suspension. A DUI attorney such as Thomas V. Alonzo can help you fight your charges and preserve your driving privileges and freedom.
DUI Drivers License Suspension
Most people try to drive safely and avoid driving while intoxicated, but it is not always easy to tell if you have crossed that line and are legally drunk, which is over .08% blood alcohol level (BAC) or .02% for people under 21 years. If you are stopped on the suspicion of drunk driving, you will be asked to take a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol level.
You can refuse to take the breath test, but refusal will result in an automatic drivers license suspension. Even if you do take the breath test, if your BAC is over .08%, you will face a 90 day drivers license suspension for a first time DUI arrest. If you are facing the loss of your license, defense lawyer Thomas V. Alonzo can petition for a hardship license for you, if you are eligible.
Defense Against DUI Charges
Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to challenge the evidence. Thomas V. Alonzo will review the videotape of your arrest, the police’s description on your arrest record, and the results of the breathalyzer or blood test, if you took one, to develop a DUI defense strategy for you. Mr. Alonzo will appear in court with you and will take the time to answer your questions and explain your legal options.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for drunk driving, DUI lawyer Thomas V. Alonzo will work hard to get the best possible outcome for you. With over 20 years of criminal defense experience and13 years as a Lafayette Parish public defender, Mr. Alonzo has tremendous experience with the Louisiana and Mississippi judicial systems.
Contact the Law Firm of Thomas V. Alonzo today to schedule a free confidential consultation.
(337) 704-2165 in Louisiana
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