I refused to take the breathalyzer. What will happen to my driver's license? You should be issued a 30-day temporary license. Next, you should contact an attorney immediately so he can request an administrative hearing in an attempt to get your license back. (You only get 30 days from the date of arrest for this request). If a hearing is held, and the administrative law judge determines a list of prerequisites existed, you could lose your license for one year. I took the breathalyzer and blew over .08 BAC. What will happen to my driver's license? You should be issued a 30-day temporary license. Next, you should contact an attorney immediately so he can request an administrative hearing in an attempt to get your license back. You only get 30 days from the date of arrest for this request. If a hearing is held, and the administrative law judge determines a list of prerequisites existed, you could lose your license for 90 days. The police officer said I passed the field sobriety tests. What are my chances of beating the DWI ch Frequently, the police officer tells the DWI arrestee that he/she is passing the field sobriety tests. He does this to keep obtaining the arrestee's cooperation because the request for the arrestee to take the breathalyzer is coming. Can I get a hardship license? Acquiring a hardship license depends on your situation. If your license goes into suspension as a result of a DWI conviction, refusal, or blowing over the limit, you may apply for a hardship license. The DMV may require the ignition interlock device to be installed in your vehicle prior to issuing the hardship license. Will this conviction affect my car insurance? It is possible. The DMV requires people convicted of DWI and those who have refused the breathalyzer to carry SR-22 insurance, which is extremely expensive. Furthermore, you may have difficulty finding an insurer to insure you. What are the defenses to DWI in Louisiana? Of course, once you’re arrested for a DUI, you need to get an attorney who has an intimate knowledge of the procedures and protocols of DUI arrests in Livingston and Baton Rouge. There are several reasons that can cause a false result as medical conditions, fatigue, some prescription, and environmental factors.
There is also the fact that the breathalyzer machine needs to be serviced regularly. Therefore, if they use a breathalyzer that wasn’t serviced properly, your attorney will get you out without any penalties or jail time. So, do not automatically enter the guilty plea if your lawyer believes that they can win the case. What are the penalties for DWI first offense in Louisiana? A Louisiana DWI first offense is a misdemeanor, with smaller penalties at this stage, although the consequences are still severe.
Depending on the severity, you can receive a jail sentence of up to six months or a financial penalty of between $300 and $100. Under state law, a Louisiana DWI first offense may also result in a 365-day suspension of your driving license, where you may be eligible for a restricted license for the duration of the suspension.
It’s also possible you may need to attend courses to improve your driving or combat potential alcohol abuse.