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Levels Of DWI

Misdemeanor DWI is the most common form of DWI and usually results from a first-time offense where the driver’s blood alcohol content is at least .08%.

Felony DWI is charged when a driver has been charged with three or more DWI offenses, or has seriously injured or killed another party while driving. In addition, if the driver’s blood alcohol content is high enough, he or she may face felony charges, even for a first-time offense.

Blood Alcohol Content

In Louisiana, drivers over the age of 21 will face DWI charges if they are driving with a BAC of .08 percent or greater. The level is lowered to .02 percent if the driver is under the age of 21. However, even if your BAC is lower than these guidelines, an officer may still arrest you if you appear to be impaired or under the influence of additional drugs.

Refusing A Breathalyzer Test

When a police officer pulls your car over and suspects you may be driving while intoxicated, he or she has the right to ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test. If you refuse, your license will automatically be suspended for six months. Your second or subsequent refusal will result in a longer license suspension period.

When you work with us at Phillips Law our attorneys ensure that you understand how the law affects your specific position, as well as your rights and options. By helping you make informed legal decisions, we are committed to mitigating the consequences of your drinking and driving charge.

Metairie Breathalyzer Refusal Lawyer

At Phillips Law, we are committed to helping our clients successfully resolve their legal issues with skill and compassion. Contact us at 504-269-3952 to discuss your matter with a dedicated New Orleans level of DWI lawyer.