DWI Attorney Defending Your Rights And Your Freedom
Conviction for a DWI carries stiff penalties. If this is your first offense, you will lose your driver’s license, your insurance premiums will skyrocket, and you may even go to jail. Penalties for subsequent convictions increase significantly.
However, not every DWI arrest results in a conviction. Depending on the circumstances of the case, it may be possible to avoid conviction or get the charge reduced to a nonalcohol driving offense. Before deciding to plead guilty, you should speak with an experienced DWI defense lawyer.
I am Andrew W. Wise, a lawyer who defends people accused of DWI and other crimes. I have more than 25 years of experience in the criminal justice system, both as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer. I will use my experience and knowledge to defend your rights and freedom, and to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
You Face Two Legal Challenges
After a DWI arrest, you have only 15 days in which to file a request for an administrative hearing with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles to prevent an automatic license suspension.
A DWI arrest sets two legal proceedings in motion — a criminal charge and an administrative process that could lead to the loss of your driver’s license. As your attorney, I will provide aggressive, results-oriented representation in both proceedings. In the administrative hearing, I will try to prevent the suspension of your license or obtain limited driving privileges for you.
Winning A DWI Case
To convict you, the state must prove every element of its case. I will use every means at my disposal to hold the prosecutor to this burden of proof. Any one of these or other factors may enable me to obtain a dismissal of the charge or reduction to a nonalcohol driving offense:
- Lack of reasonable suspicion for the police to stop you
- Lack of probable cause for the police to arrest you
- Improperly performed field sobriety tests
- Inadmissible blood alcohol test results
- Denial of your constitutional rights
Repeat DWI Offenders
My law firm vigorously defends people with prior DWI convictions. In some cases, I look at your prior cases seeking to lessen the current DWI charge. For example, if you have one prior conviction but you did not have an attorney in that case, I may be able to reduce your charge to a first-time DWI.
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Serving clients throughout Southern Louisiana, including Lafourche Parish and Terrebonne Parish.