The Serious Nature Of A Repeat DUI/DWI In Louisiana

Our New Orleans law firm is committed to providing vigorous defense strategies to fight repeat DUI charges. Our experienced attorneys offer knowledgeable representation for both your administrative hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and for all your criminal proceedings in and outside of court.

At the Law Office of Rachel M. Yazbeck, L.L.C., we are honored to serve the residents of the New Orleans, Louisiana, area. Dedication, zealous advocacy and honest legal counsel are key when we represent you. And you can count on personalized attention with legal strategies customized for your specific repeat DUI charges.

Penalties For Second, Third And Subsequent DUI Charges

The potential penalties for repeat DUI convictions in New Orleans vary according to your unique circumstances, and whether your conviction is for a second, third or subsequent DUI offense. However, the following guidelines generally apply, with the severity of the penalties increasing with each subsequent conviction.

  • Fines starting at $750 and probation
  • Between 30 and 40 days of community service
  • Minimum jail sentence of 30 hours for second offenses, and up to a possible 10-year prison sentence for fourth and subsequent offenses
  • Suspension of driving privileges for up to four years, dependent on your BAC
  • Driving and alcohol re-education consisting of three courses – MADD victims impact program, driver improvement and substance abuse
  • Imposition of an ignition interlock device and vehicle seizure
  • Electronic monitoring and home confinement

Our DUI defense attorneys in New Orleans are well-versed in the laws governing repeat DUI offense. We will apply our knowledge of these applicable laws to your individual situation to help you obtain the most satisfactory outcome possible for your charges.

Chemical Test Refusal

In Louisiana, as a licensed driver, you are legally required to comply with a request by law enforcement to take a Breathalyzer or blood test to determine whether you have been operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Your refusal to do so will result in legal consequences. Each successive offense carries additional penalties:

  • For a second offense, you face a two-year license suspension. However, you may be eligible for a restricted license.
  • A third conviction carries the two-year suspension of your driving privileges, along with either 32 hours of community service or two days in jail. You must also receive substance abuse treatment.

Every situation is different of course, so these potential penalties should be seen as guidelines. To find out more about your specific case, it is best to discuss it with a lawyer.

Talk To Our Dedicated Defense Lawyers Today

If you already obtained one or more DUI convictions within the past 10 years, and you are now dealing with new DUI-related charges, you are facing some serious penalties. Don't put off obtaining legal representation. The sooner we are on the case, the better our opportunity to devise a successful defense strategy and mitigate the consequences of your charges. Please contact us online or call 504-564-7314 to schedule an initial consultation today.