Are misdemeanor charges for a DUI a big deal?

When you hear the words misdemeanor DUI, what comes to mind? Something that is not a big deal, or something that can change your life forever? Most Louisiana residents probably would choose the former. Little do they know, misdemeanor charges can have a significant impact on your life, so treating them like they are a big deal matters. 

A misdemeanor charge is basically a level up from a citation and a level down from a felony. It is right there in the middle. Being convicted on a misdemeanor DUI charge can result in a person losing driving privileges for a while, having to pay fines and spending some time behind bars. All of these consequences can impact your personal and professional life. 

A misdemeanor DUI charge may come, following a traffic stop. No one was hurt even though you were allegedly driving drunk. Police just pulled you over to check for impairment and then arrested you. 

There are a couple of ways to go about handling a misdemeanor DUI charge -- fight, or seek alternative sentencing options. First-time offenders may avoid conviction by submitting to a court-sponsored alcohol rehabilitation program if they would rather not go to trial. Those who do not qualify for this option may also avoid conviction, but doing so will require proving that one was not driving while impaired, that the arresting officer messed up the sobriety testing in some way, or by poking holes in the prosecution's case in some other way. 

Misdemeanor charges can be a bigger deal than you realize. The state of Louisiana will not treat a DUI charge lightly, and neither should you. With the assistance of legal counsel, you can do everything possible to fight for the best outcome. To learn more about how an attorney can be of assistance to you, please visit our firm's website. 

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