What may start with just a speeding ticket can end with jail time.
Getting a speeding ticket can mean higher insurance rates. Often we can have the charges dropped.
There are several defenses that an attorney can assert which may be difficult for you to prove on your own such as whether the radar machine was properly calibrated and the whether the officer issuing the citation was properly qualified to operate the device.
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HIT AND RUN
A hit and run charge can involve the loss of your license and up to six months in jail. This kind of charge often results from a traffic accident that is either reported after the fact or when one party leaves. Several court appearances are generally required. Having an attorney can mean the difference between, high fines and jail or the dismissal of the charges.
Receiving a DWI is perhaps the most serious traffic related charge you can get. Please click on this link for more detailed information regarding this type of charge.
The biggest mistake people make is to pay a ticket after being in a car accident. Many times paying the ticket acts as an admission of guilt for the accident.
Often the first time you realize that you have a bench warrant is at a traffic stop. If the officer does not take you to jail at the time of the stop, contact an attorney immediately so that the warrant can be recalled. This can often be done with a minimum of Court appearances.
DRIVING UNDER SUSPENSION
Being charged with driving under suspension (DUS), often represents a double hit: you have to deal with the initial charge that the policeman used for the stop as well as the DUS. In addition to the original reason your license was suspended, this charge can add an extra year to the suspension as well as several hundred dollar's worth of fines. An attorney can often arrange to have the charges dismissed or at least prevent the mandatory year long suspension that comes with this offense.
Fact-based insight and observations on the law surrounding DWI and other legal issues.
It’s not hard to get lost in the criminal justice system. Destiny Hoffman of Clark County, Indiana, was given two days in jail as her sentence. Due to a paperwork mistake, she served 154 days before an assistant district attorney noticed.
Law Enforcement’s Newest Arrest Tool: States across the country have lessened the penalties for marijuana possession. Driving a car while under the influence of any intoxicating substance, including marijuana--still counts as a DWI. The latest tool being used by law enforcement to arrest those smoking marijuana is asking the driver to say, “Ahhhgh.”
If you have been up to some funny business and have been intercepted by the long arm of the law, there are a few conversations you need to steer clear of while speaking with a police officer. Saying the wrong thing to a cop could get you into much more trouble.
Texting and driving has been illegal in Louisiana for about eight years. Over the last several months, local law enforcement seems to have been stopping more and more people for this violation—especially between Baton Rouge and Livingston. Everyone would agree that texting and driving is dangerous.
When you are accused
of a crime, it is
important to get
system is not
designed to protect
the innocent but to
get a conviction.
We have handled criminal charges ranging from drugs to theft to embezzlement, and even more serious accusations involving
sexual misconduct. Anything
you say to authorities can and will be used against you without regard to your innocence. Never meet with the cops alone. If you are asked to come in to discuss a situation, bring representation.
There is no such thing as an informal chat.
You have the right to remain silent at all times, and if you don’t you can make it much more difficult for an attorney to keep you out of jail. Things that may be perfectly innocent have a way of sounding incriminating when coming from a prosecutor.
Prosecutors, like cops, work on a quota system and are graded and promoted by the convictions they get. You need an attorney on your side. We represent people statewide and have experience in most kinds of criminal cases.
Make sure you are not lost in the system by calling Greg Gouner!
If you need help we will assist you in getting started toward the best outcome. And we won't let them forget you!