Aggressive OWI/DWI Attorney Protects Your Rights
Defending clients against criminal prosecution
Law enforcement officials have been expanding efforts to crack down on drunk driving offenses. Being convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated can have serious consequences, including loss of license, higher insurance costs, heavy fines, and jail time. Attorney William L. Goode has the knowledge necessary to overcome the evidence against you and the tenacity to help you attain the best possible outcome.
Advocate committed to confronting drunk driving charges
We understand that good people can make mistakes. We strive to satisfy our clients’ emotional, financial, and legal needs by zealously representing your interests at every turn. We are knowledgeable about complex OWI/DWI laws and analyze every aspect of the prosecution’s case, from the initial traffic stop to breathalyzer tests, to build you a strong defense. We know what the prosecution needs to get a conviction, and we challenge the evidence against you with the skill we have developed over 45 years in the field. Attorney William L. Goode works hard to make sure that you get the respect you deserve and the results you desire.
What to do if you are stopped
If you have been pulled over by the police, there are several ways that you can help yourself:
- You do not have to participate. You have the right to refuse to participate in the standard field sobriety test, i.e. watch a pen with your eyes, walk-and-turn on a straight line, and/or one-leg stand. Same applies to a breathalyzer test, although penalties may apply. If you know you are too intoxicated, you may not want to participate.
- Do not be intimidated by the police. If you are nervous, police officers may think that you are hiding something or are intoxicated. Don’t give them that opportunity. Remaining calm and being polite are good ways to ensure that police officers leave you alone.
- Clean out your glove box. Fumbling through these compartments to find your registration or insurance can be easily misinterpreted as intoxication. Keeping the glove box or center console neat and clean allows you to swiftly grab your identification and present it to a police officer.
- Do not let the police search your car. Any evidence found in your car could be used to support an OWI/DWI conviction. Do not allow the officer to perform a search without a warrant.
- Take the sobriety test. Many OWI/DWI defendants have been found not guilty due to a malfunctioning breath analyzing machine or an improperly administered blood or urine test. Also, you may still blow under the legal limit.
- Get a blood test after release. Alcohol detection devices can be unreliable and malfunction. Don’t go to jail because of a broken machine. It’s a good idea to measure your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) with a blood test after arrest. At trial, your attorney can use that evidence to raise possible defenses.
- Contact a OWI/DWI attorney immediately.
Contact us today!
If you have been arrested for OWI/DWI, you need a qualified and determined defense attorney who has the knowledge and experience to help you win. Call The Goode Law Firm today at 337-735-1861 or contact us online to set up a consultation at our Lafayette, LA, office.