Are you facing drug-related DWI/DUI charges in New Orleans Louisiana or surrounding areas?
Most people consider DWI or DUI to be “drunk driving” and believe that a DWI/DUI can only be issued for driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages. However, this is a dangerous and mistaken assumption.
DWI and DUI is a serious offense in Louisiana, and the law covers not only alcohol use while driving but drug use as well. Those who are arrested for a drug-related DWI/DUI face severe penalties, including large fines, loss of their driver’s license, and even jail time.
Louisiana DWI/DUI law makes it a crime for the driver of any motor vehicle, which includes cars, trucks, motorcycles, aircraft, watercraft, or another means of transportation, to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs. These drugs could be illegal, controlled substances or even drugs legally available with or without a prescription. Furthermore, it is a illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of a combination of alcohol and one or more legal over-the-counter or prescription drugs.
Building Your Defense for your drug related DUI case in Louisiana
Despite what you may have heard, it is possible to overcome some DWI/DUI and related charges.
The police sometimes make mistakes. The police officer who pulled you over may not have had probable cause to stop you or may have violated your rights by improperly administering the field sobriety tests.
Many well-meaning people have been blindsided by DWI/DUI charges after taking legal medication, with or without alcohol. It is possible to be charged with a DWI or DUI even if you were simply taking your prescription medications according to the label and your doctor’s orders.
You can fight these charges. There are many defenses available to you that could reduce your charges or cause them to be dismissed. The label of the drug package may not contain a warning about the combination of alcohol. In addition, you may not have knowingly taken quantities of the drug above the recommendation of your physician or the drug packaging.
Experienced drug related DWI/DUI Attorneys in New Orleans Louisiana
At Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, we aggressively fight your charges and defend your rights. We examine all possible defenses and work with you to determine the strategy that will give you a positive legal result. Our attorneys strive to reduce or dismiss your charges, minimizing or avoiding the severe consequences to your future. We stand by your side throughout your case, advising you of your options, answering your questions, and keeping you updated of all major updates to your case.
Contact Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias for a free consultation with an experienced New Orleans DUI lawyer. We’ll review your case and discuss how we can help you.