This guide outlines some of your options and possible consequences of a DWI stop.
To blow or not to blow
Most common tool used by police officers in a DWI investigation is the breathalyzer. It is used to determine your Blood Alcohol Concentration and in Louisiana if that reading is .08 or higher then there is an irrefutable presumption of intoxication. This will more than likely lead to a DWI conviction. Many of my clients did not realize that they have options. To blow or not to blow seems to get asked at every party. If you refuse to blow you will have a defensible case but will lose you drivers license for one year. If you are convicted of DWI you will also lose your drivers license for one year. My clients are always advised not to blow.
How to Win a DWI Trial
I won my last DWI trial because my client handled the stop as well as they could. Once the lights came on she safely parked the car and exited the vehicle. Then the officer ask her to follow a little pin light and she refused. She then refused all the field sobriety tests and despite multiple attempts by the officer she refused all offers to submit a breath sample. She suffered through a year long suspension of her drivers license but was able to escape a DWI conviction. To her that was more important but each person should make that decision for themselves. If you are arrested for DWI don't hesitate to hire an attorney that has experience in DWI defense. They can make all the difference in the world.
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