Driving While Intoxicated Frequently Asked Questions

I refused to take the breathalyzer. What will happen to my driver's license?

You should be issued a 30-day temporary license. Next, you should contact an attorney immediately so he can request an administrative hearing in an attempt to get your license back. (You only get 30 days from the date of arrest for this request). If a hearing is held, and the administrative law judge determines a list of prerequisites existed, you could lose your license for one year.  See the video for more answers about a Louisiana Hardship License.

I refused to take the breathalyzer. What are my chances of beating the DWI charge?

Your chances are better than if you blew over the limit. However, you could still be convicted if the prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.

I took the breathalyzer and blew over .08 BAC. What will happen to my driver's license?

You should be issued a 30-day temporary license. Next, you should contact an attorney immediately so he can request an administrative hearing in an attempt to get your license back. (You only get 30 days from the date of arrest for this request). If a hearing is held, and the administrative law judge determines a list of prerequisites existed, you could lose your license for 90 days.

I took the breathalyzer and blew over .08 BAC. What are my chances of beating the DWI charge?

If you blew over .08 BAC, you still have a chance. An attorney can look at the facts and determine the legality of the breathalyzer test.

Can I get a hardship license?

Acquiring a hardship license depends on your situation. The DMV may require an ignition interlock restricted license be issued to you.

Will this conviction affect my car insurance?

It is possible. The DMV requires people convicted of DWI to carry SR-22 insurance, which is extremely expensive. Furthermore, you may not be able to find an insurer to insure you.

Will this conviction affect my school and/or job?

Yes. A DWI is a serious charge, never to be taken lightly. A DWI conviction involves many consequences. For instance, obtaining licenses, certifications, employment, and admission to schools may be difficult.

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