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How Soon Should I Hire a Defense Lawyer After Being Arrested for a DWI?

Being arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a terrifying experience and, frequently, people are overwhelmed with the process of hiring an attorney. Some may think an attorney is not necessary until the court date. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake! The sooner you hire an attorney, the better your chances will be of achieving a favorable resolution and not losing your driver’s license. Although quite a bit of time might pass before your court date, this will give your attorney the opportunity to carefully develop a strategy for your case.

The Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney Right Away

Most of us lack familiarity with the legal system and, without a skilled legal advocate, this lack of understanding can create disastrous results.

Some of the benefits of quickly hiring a criminal defense attorney include:

  • You can obtain evidence faster
  • You are more likely to preserve your driving privileges
  • You can potentially amend strict bond conditions and reduce your bail amount

DWI cases can be complex. Your DWI attorney will conduct a full investigation into the details of your case as soon as possible to ensure evidence is preserved and your rights are protected. If you hesitate to hire an attorney, you may not be able to gather the necessary evidence to build a strong defense. For example, third party companies, like gas stations, restaurants or retail stores have surveillance equipment that record over valuable evidence if not preserved quickly. If you don’t hire an attorney soon after your arrest, crucial evidence may be lost entirely.

Additionally, in Louisiana, there is a 30-day deadline, from the date of your DWI arrest, to request an administrative hearing. If you fail to request a hearing in writing, you will serve a driver’s license suspension, starting on the 31st day from the date of your arrest.

Am I Too Late?

If you did not immediately hire a criminal defense attorney to handle your DWI case, you should hire one now. It is always better to have legal representation on your side to increase your chances of securing a favorable result. The last thing you want is to go through this process without a legal advocate to work in your best interests. Remember, the consequences of a DWI conviction are incredibly severe, so it is vital to do what you can to protect your future.

Reach Out to Our Skilled Criminal Defense Team Today!

If you are facing DWI charges, you should not postpone seeking skilled legal representation. At Dewey & Braud Law, LLC, our legal team is committed to providing a fierce defense on behalf of every client we serve. We know this is a difficult time for you and will work diligently to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your situation.

Take the first step toward protecting your future today and reach out to our law office at (225) 414-5954 to set up a free case review with an experienced member of our DWI team.