DUI Defense Attorney in Abbeville and Vermilion Parish
If you have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, hiring an attorney immediately is highly recommended. DUI cases can become very costly, and being charged with driving under the influence is a very serious offense with harsh penalties. By hiring an experienced attorney who can present a viable defense, you may be able to drop or lessen your charges and save your drivers’ license.
In DUI cases, an experienced attorney will attempt to present arbitration outlining that you were either not the driver of the vehicle, or not impaired at the time you were pulled over. If you were not driving the vehicle at the time you were approached by law enforcement, you cannot rightfully be arrested for DUI. Both of these elements must be present for a successful DUI charge. While it seems logical to assume that if you were pulled over, you were driving, this isn’t always the case. If the officer did not actually witness you driving the vehicle, for instance in a parking lot, you cannot be legally charged with DUI.
Another factor important to consider in DUI cases was whether or not the officer had probable cause to pull you over in the first place. In the absence of some other traffic violation such as failing to stop at a red light or stop sign, speeding, swerving, sudden lane change or failure to maintain control of your vehicle, it can become more difficult to obtain a prosecution in the eyes of the law. If you believe, for example, that you were pulled over because you were racially or religiously profiled, you may be able to challenge your arrest.
Anthony J. Fontana Jr. has over four decades of experience handling DUI defense cases. Don’t delay your defense. If you have been arrested for DUI, you need a competent attorney right away, and you have a right to speak to one before admitting or discussing anything with law enforcement.