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What Are the Penalties for a DWI Conviction in Louisiana?

As a DWI attorney in New Orleans, I meet with clients each day that, if convicted, face severe penalties.

Often, I find that drivers are unaware of the possible penalties of a DWI conviction, initially believing such a charge doesn’t carry heavy consequences. It is actually the contrary. I try to quickly educate drivers on the possible penalties of a DWI conviction in Louisiana.

To clear up any confusion on DWI penalties, below shows each DWI conviction and its maximum penalty: [Read more…]

How do you get a DUI dismissed in Louisiana?

Driving under the influence, also known as a DUI, is an incredibly serious offense in Louisiana. 

If you’re facing DUI-related charges, getting legal assistance from a trusted attorney, like the skilled legal defense team at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, can help you get the charges reduced or even get the case dismissed.

We’re going to take a look at not only what constitutes a DUI in Louisiana, but some of the possible defenses that can be used, and how you might be able to leverage legal help to get your DUI dismissed in Louisiana.

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How do I sue for wrongful death in New Orleans?

Losing a loved one can be a devastating experience. It is especially difficult when their death was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another person. 

If you find yourself in this situation, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for your loss. In this blog, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias will discuss how to sue for wrongful death in New Orleans.

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What should I do if I get stopped for a DUI in Louisiana?

It’s always scary when you get stopped by a police officer for anything. If you’re pulled over for a DUI in Louisiana, try to remain calm. 

When the officer walks up to the car, the first thing they’re going to do is ask you questions. But what should and shouldn’t you do next?

From our dedicated New Orleans criminal defense lawyers at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, here’s what you need to know about getting stopped for a DUI.

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Possible Penalties for DWI Conviction in Louisiana

A driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge in Louisiana can be confusing. (It’s often known as a driving under the influence, or DUI, charge in other states.)

Will you have to pay a fine if you’re arrested for DWI? Lose your license? Go to jail? 

The answer depends on a number of factors. In an effort to answer these questions, the experienced DWI attorneys at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias address this question in this blog, as well as the potential penalties you stand to face if arrested for DWI in New Orleans.

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What is the Difference Between DWI and DUI in Louisiana?

As experienced DWI attorneys in New Orleans, Louisiana, our team at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias often sees confusion within the state about drunken driving terminology. This is to be expected, as different states in the U.S. use different acronyms for the charge, even ones that border Louisiana.

In Louisiana, driving while intoxicated, or DWI, is the term used to describe impaired or drunken driving. Texas also uses the term DWI.

DUI is another acronym for impaired or drunken driving, standing for “driving under the influence.” Mississippi, for example, uses the term DUI.

Read on to learn from our team about both terms and what to do if you’re facing a DWI charge in Louisiana.

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What Should I Do To Pursue A Personal Injury Claim in Louisiana?

At Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, our experienced Louisiana personal injury attorneys have been helping clients face the aftermath of life-changing injuries for decades. 

We are often asked by our clients, “What should I do to pursue a personal injury claim?”

We use a number of criteria in order to help you determine if you should pursue a personal injury claim. There is no standard approach to a personal injury case, but here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding to file suit.

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A New Orleans DUI conviction can sideline your plans for the future

We all have plans for the future. 

But how would those plans change if you have a conviction for drunk driving? A DUI mark on your record follows you and casts a long shadow over your future.

Our New Orleans DUI attorneys at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias are here to help.

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What can you expect if you’re pulled over in New Orleans for a DUI?

We’ve all been there. 

For whatever reason, you see the blue lights flashing in your mirrors, and you have to pull over for the police. This can be a nerve-wracking situation, but you will be better off if you know what to do before this happens.

Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias has years of experience representing New Orleans DUI cases and can help you know what to do if you’re pulled over for a DUI stop.

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Will I go to jail for my first DUI in New Orleans

Being arrested for a DUI can be a scary experience, and unfortunately, the arrest is only the beginning. 

There are countless ways that a DUI arrest in New Orleans can impact your life, but working with tenacious DUI defense attorneys like George Vourvoulias can help minimize those harmful effects and can help you fight against a conviction. 

Let’s take a look at the penalties for DUI in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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