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

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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.

  • Pull over safely

If a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of DUI, pull over to the side of the road safely and turn off your engine. Do not try to run away or resist arrest, as this will only make your situation worse.

  • Be polite and cooperative

When the officer approaches your vehicle, be polite and cooperative. Provide your license, registration, and proof of insurance when asked, and answer any questions truthfully. Refusing to cooperate with the officer can be used against you in court.

  • Don’t admit to anything

While you should answer the officer’s questions truthfully, do not admit to drinking or using drugs. Anything you say can be used against you in court, so it’s essential to be cautious with your words.

  • Refuse field sobriety tests

You have the right to refuse field sobriety tests, such as the one-leg stand or the walk-and-turn. These tests can be subjective, and even sober people can fail them. Refusing these tests cannot be used against you in court.

  • Choose carefully when it comes to breathalyzer tests

You also have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test. However, Louisiana is an implied consent state, which means that if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, your driver’s license will be suspended for six months. If you do take a breathalyzer test and it shows that your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit of 0.08%, you will be arrested for DUI. It’s important to weigh the consequences of your decision carefully.

  • Contact a DUI attorney

If you are arrested for DUI, it’s essential to contact a New Orleans DUI attorney as soon as possible. A skilled attorney can help you navigate the legal process, protect your rights, and work to reduce or dismiss the charges against you.

  • Attend all court dates

It’s important to attend all court dates related to your DUI case. Failure to appear in court can result in additional charges and fines.

If you are convicted of DUI in Louisiana, you can face fines, jail time, and the suspension of your driver’s license. You may also be required to attend substance abuse treatment or perform community service. It’s important to be prepared for these consequences and to work with your attorney to minimize their impact on your life.

Contact Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias Today

At Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, we understand that a DUI charge can be overwhelming and stressful. That’s why we are committed to providing our clients with compassionate, personalized representation. If you’ve been stopped for a DUI in Louisiana, don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible to get working on your case. 

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By George Vourvoulias

George is a founding member and managing member of Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias L.L.C., a New Orleans law firm. George concentrates his practice in maritime personal injury, construction litigation, personal injury, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and DUI defense. George Vourvoulias's Google+ Profile