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When a driver registers .08 or greater in a breath or blood test, fails a field sobriety test, or refuses to take the test, they will be charged with DWI. The consequences of a Louisiana DWI conviction are too serious to ignore. A skilled attorney can mean the difference between a conviction and a dismissed charge. Ben Gibson helps clients fight toward favorable results like dismissed charges, restored driving privileges, and reduced fines.

He will explain the consequences of your arrest and will take you through any pre-trial, trial, and sentencing that may apply to your case. It is important to request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If this is not done in a timely manner, your driver's license will be suspended. A conviction of DUI/DWI will drastically affect the rest of your life. You must do everything possible to protect yourself, your family, and your property from the effects of a drunk driving conviction.

The Facts:
  • Underage DWI BAC is .02; however, if a minor blows over .08, he/she may be charged with regular DWI, which carries harsher penalties.
  • DWI first and second offense is a misdemeanor. Sentencing may include jail time, probation, community service, and participation in a driver improvement and substance abuse program(s).
  • DWI third offense and beyond is a felony. A conviction of third offense DWI may result in up to 5 years in prison and possibly 10 years for fourth offense DWI.
  • You have 15 days from the date of arrest to request an administrative hearing to get your driver's license back. You should hire an attorney to conduct the administrative hearing.
  • A DWI conviction can affect your insurance, employment, school enrollment, and criminal record.

If you're pulled over for drunk driving it's important to know that you have several rights:

  • Once stopped by the police , you are not free to walk or drive away, you have the right to an attorney. You should request to speak to one as soon as possible.
  • Never admit to having consumed alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not answer any questions or make any statements without a DWI lawyer being present.
  • Politely refuse any field sobriety tests such as an HGN or pen test, reciting your ABCs, or any balance tests
  • You can choose to refuse or submit to a breath test. If you submit to the breath test because you think you can pass it, but fail, demand an independent blood test as soon as possible.

When you work with Ben Gibson, you can expect close communication from a trial lawyer who really cares about your case.

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