What if You’re Arrested for Drunk Driving?
What happens after the arrest? That all depends. Was this your first drunk driving arrest? Maybe you can get a suspended sentence. Was your BAC over 0.15? If so, you must spend 48 hours in jail under the law. Do you have prior convictions? How many? A history of driving while intoxicated can mean serious fines and lengthy jail time. The law is complicated, with a variety of results depending upon a number of different contingencies.
If you have been arrested, your first step is to get out of jail. Bloom Legal can assist you in determining the right method to secure your release. While some people might rush to use a bail bond service, many times a law firm can work with a judge to secure your release. Therefore, it is important for you or a family member or friend to speak with an experienced attorney who can begin working on securing your release from jail.
Once you are out of jail, the next big milestone is to file for an administrative hearing to protect your driver’s license privileges. Bloom Legal has experience working with clients from arrest to the conclusion of their driving under the influence case and will guide you through the process from start to finish.
When Do You Need a Lawyer?
If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence, it is very important that you hire a lawyer fast, to make sure the result is the best possible. Deadlines under the driving drunk laws come very quickly, and they cannot be extended. Negotiating the different punishments (fines, suspensions, jail time, classes, etc.) under the law requires skill and experience.
Bloom Legal has extensive experience defending clients in New Orleans and throughout the State of Louisiana for charges of driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence. If you have received a DUI charge, you need the best legal representation possible — which is why you need Bloom Legal’s expertise.
Our goal is to get you out of trouble by letting you keep your driver’s license, insurance, and freedom. The initial consultation is easy, and it is with an attorney, not some member of the support staff.
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Six Things to Do When Pulled Over for Alleged Drunk Driving
If you are pulled over for a suspected drunk driving offense, you must take certain actions to protect your rights. The attorneys at Bloom Legal has prepared the checklist below to clarify what to do when you are stopped by the police or arrested for driving while impaired.
A drunk driving arrest is serious. It will not go away if you ignore it. Severe ramifications such as loss of your license, incarceration, and a mark on your permanent criminal record will likely follow if you do not take timely action.
By following the steps on the checklist above and calling a lawyer right after your arrest, you can better protect yourself against any unlawful actions of the police.
Driving Under the Influence Statistics
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 112 million adults drink and drive every year. Not every offender is caught by police or arrested, but thousands of people are convicted of criminal charges for impaired driving each year.
Statistics from 2007 through 2011 report the number of people injured or killed in drunk driving incidents as well as the number of arrests for alcohol-related accidents. These statistics show the danger of drinking and driving, but do not fully reflect the tremendous amount of damage that an arrest can do to your reputation, future and freedom.
If you are charged with impaired driving, do not become another statistic. Contact a skilled lawyer at Bloom Legal for help exploring your options and responding to the charges in a way that can minimize the potential consequences.
Statistics on Drunk Driving in New Orleans
The following statistics are available on alcohol-related fatalities and injuries as well as on drunk driving arrests:
- In 2007, 15 alcohol-related deaths and 234 injuries occurred in Orleans Parish. In the same year, 1,194 drivers were arrested for impaired driving.
- In 2008, 16 alcohol-related fatalities and 331 injuries were reported in Orleans Parish. Police made 897 alcohol-related arrests over the course of that year.
- In 2009, a total of 21 deaths and 293 injuries occurred in alcohol-related accidents in Orleans Parish, in addition to 1,361 DWI arrests.
- In 2010, 15 people were killed and 318 injured in drunk driving collisions in Orleans Parish. 1,338 people were arrested.
- In 2011, 13 alcohol-related deaths and 351 injuries occurred in Orleans Parish. The same year, police made 1,672 alcohol-related arrests.
Each year, a portion of drivers arrested for impaired driving were under the legal drinking age:
- In 2007, police made 81 arrests of drivers between the ages of 15 and 20.
- In 2008, 55 drivers between15 and 20 years old were arrested for impaired driving.
- In 2009, 73 arrests occurred among drivers between 15 and 20 years old for driving while impaired.
- In 2010, police made 79 arrests of drunk drivers under the legal drinking age.
- In 2011, 93 underage drivers were arrested for impaired driving.
For drivers under the legal drinking age, zero tolerance rules apply. If you are not 21 years old, you can still be held accountable for driving drunk even if your blood alcohol content is not at or above the .08 limit. Any alcohol in your system is considered illegal if you are underage.
Tourism and DUI Charges
The city of New Orleans thrives on tourist-related festivals, parties, conventions and events that occur almost on a daily basis throughout the city and its suburbs. Some of the more notable events held here include the Mardi Gras parades and celebrations, the Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Voodoo Music Experience, the Halloween Celebration, the French Quarter Festival, Essence Festival, Wine and Food Experience and Southern Decadence. Given the party and celebratory atmosphere, alcohol flows liberally at many of these events, leading some individuals to run afoul with the law when caught driving while intoxicated. Whether a tourist or a local resident taking part in the fun, the laws remain the same regardless of the occasion or whether you are from out of town. These charges are also taken seriously by municipal and parish law enforcement, as the number of individuals, pedestrians, and other drivers on the roads during these events makes the potential danger from a driver under the influence greater. If you are from out of town and have been arrested for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence, it is important to have a knowledgeable local attorney who can help guide you through the intricacies of the legal system in Louisiana and help ensure the best result possible for your case.
The police don’t just catch drunk drivers in the French Quarter. The city police department and the police departments of surrounding parishes conduct sobriety checkpoints to make sure that those driving on Louisiana roads are not intoxicated. Furthermore, if a driver displays suspicious behavior, a police officer might have probable cause to pull them over on suspicion of driving under the influence. The areas of the East Bank, including Metairie, River Ridge, Elmwood, Jefferson and Kenner, as well as the areas of the West Bank, including Avondale, Bridge City, Westwego, Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, Terrytown, Estelle, Timberlane and Woodmere are heavily policed by law enforcement for drivers under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. An arrest for DWI in these locations, as well as in the Northshore and River Parish areas, carry the same penalties in the eyes of the law.
Fortunately for drivers, Louisiana state law provides a process for expunging criminal convictions and arrests. Bloom Legal regularly assists clients in the process of expunging their records of DWI arrests and other criminal charges under the provisions of Article 893 and Article 894. Specifically, almost all DWI guilty pleas can be expunged under the provisions of Article 894 for this misdemeanor charge. Please click here for more information on expungements in Louisiana.
Secure Help from the Attorneys at Bloom Legal
Drunk driving is a serious crime with very real consequences for your future. If you are charged with a DWI, call Bloom Legal as soon as possible to speak with a lawyer who can help protect your legal rights. We serve the greater New Orleans area, including Metairie and Gretna, as well as out-of-state visitors to the city.
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