Taking Action To Defend You Against DWI Charges
A DWI conviction can cost drivers more than just a fine. Jail time, lost driving privileges and a tarnished reputation can create lasting damage. It is critical to contact a law firm that is willing to go the distance to defend your rights and your future. The Law Offices of James A. Williams, L.L.C., offers the fierce, dedicated counsel you need.
Attorney James A. Williams brings 38 years of legal experience to your DWI case. His legal knowledge, attention to detail and tenacity allows our firm to provide you with a strong criminal defense against DWI charges. He will work to analyze the facts of your case to identify the course of action that can produce a favorable outcome to your case.
Louisiana’s DWI Laws
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Louisiana with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. If the court finds you guilty, the DWI penalties are severe:
- First DWI offense: A misdemeanor offense that carries a fine of $300 to $1,000 and up to six months of jail time.
- Second DWI offense: A misdemeanor offense with a fine of $750 to $1,000, suspended driving privileges for up to two years, and up to six months of jail time with a minimum of 48 hours in jail.
- Third DWI offense: A felony offense with one to five years of jail time, up to $2,000 in fines and a suspended license for up to three years.
- Fourth or subsequent DWI offense: A fourth or subsequent felony offense of DWI requires a mandatory fine of $5,000 and jail time of 10 to 30 years, with 2 years of the sentence being without benefits of probation or suspension of sentence.
What happens if I’m arrested? It’s very important to remember that if you are arrested for DWI or another alcohol-related offense in Louisiana, charges don’t immediately go on your record. It takes time for police to file a report — time we use to carefully review the details of your case and work with law enforcement to keep charges from ever appearing on your record.
Working Closely With Visitors To The New Orleans Area
New Orleans’ reputation as a party city makes it a hub for visitors, vacationers and college students looking to have a good time. Law enforcement in the area understands this and frequently charge tourists with DWIs, public intoxication or other alcohol-related offenses.
We understand how stressful and difficult criminal charges can be for visitors to Louisiana. Our firm begins working immediately on your case to provide you with a zealous defense against these charges.
We prepare every client’s case to stand up to the scrutiny of a trial and are not afraid to take matters to court in order to secure the best possible outcome. Prosecutors understand our ability and willingness to fight in court, thereby helping us secure effective outcomes for our clients.
Litigation experience where it counts. Having a seasoned trial lawyer like James A. Williams in your corner can mean the difference between exposing weaknesses in the prosecution and having charges dismissed or facing the serious consequences of a DWI conviction.
With 300 trials to his name, you can rest assured knowing attorney Williams has the prowess and tenacity necessary to withstand the pressures of the courtroom and fight for the best possible outcome.
Don’t Face A DWI Alone
At The Law Offices of James A. Williams, L.L.C., we don’t take the easy plea deal. Whenever possible, we seek solutions that get your charges reduced or dismissed outright as quickly as possible so that you can get back to your life. If you’ve been arrested in Louisiana for a drunk driving offense, contact us as soon as possible so we can start working on your defense right away.