DWI Attorneys in Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Ascension Parish DWI Lawyer – Gonzales DUI Attorney

Barkemeyer Law Firm defends clients with DWI arrests in Ascension Parish and is arguably the best DWI law firm in all of Louisiana. With over 18 years’ worth of experience in DWI defense, Mr. Barkemeyer has been able to successfully many clients that have been arrested for DWI in Gonzales and entire Louisiana. When it comes to the legal, as well as, technical defenses which are related to the arrest and prosecution of driving while intoxicated cases, our DWI attorney is extensively knowledgeable in all of them and is skilled in the processes that have to do with fighting DWI cases in order to achieve outstanding results for his clients.

Our attorneys understand that each individual DWI case has its distinctions. Yes, no two cases are the same since differences exist in all individuals. The facts which are related to getting stopped, getting tested on the field, going through the breathalyzer, as well as, other chemical tests including vital information all differ in each case. We also realize the fact that a DWI will have a negative effect on the lives and work of our clients. All of these are thoroughly considered and helps us to stand in defense of our clients. Clients are engaged in thorough conversations that help us to really ascertain all the important information related to the situation. All of this is done to help our clients since the information that we get helps us to come up with a potent defense strategy which is the most effective for our DWI clients in Ascension Parish.


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DWI Court Process


30 Days After Arrest

You have 30 days from the date of arrest to request an administrative hearing to try to get your license back from testing over the limit or refusing the chemical tests. We will request this hearing for you and have the hearing. But, you must contact and hire before the time is up.

DWI Penalties in Ascension Parish

In Gonzales, and all of Ascension Parish, the penalties that you could face for driving while intoxicated is influenced by a lot of factors related to the offender. Basically, some of the penalties for a DWI conviction are as follows:

  •     -Your driving privileges in the state of Louisiana could be suspended
  •     -Your out-of-state driver’s license could get suspended
  •     -You may need to acquire a hardship license for yourself
  •     -The court could hit you with fines and other costs
  •     -There is a likelihood of probation with supervision or without supervision
  •     -You may be required to do community service
  •     -You will get evaluated for the abuse of any substances
  •     -The blow and go may be required
  •     -If any persons or properties suffered damages or injuries in the process, you may have to pay for damages.

The possibility of serving time in jail which could range from just a couple of weeks to many years. The consequences that come with facing a DWI charge in Ascension Parish are really grievous and you really do not want to have all of these come down on you by the court. You must take practical quick steps to ensure that you get the professional help of a Louisiana DWI lawyer in Gonzales that will fight your case and get you a positive outcome.

First-Offense DWI in Gonzales, Louisiana

A first-offense DUI in Louisiana is considered a misdemeanor with the following penalties upon conviction:

Fine: $300 to $1,000

Court Costs: Depending on the court, it could be approximately $250

Jail time: 10 days to 6 months

Probation: Up to two years of probation (depending on the judge)

Community Service: Serve 48 hours in jail or complete least 32 hours of community service, half of which must be litter detail

Substance Abuse Evaluation/Treatment: Must be evaluated for substance abuse by a certified counselor and follow any recommended treatment

Classes: Participation in a court-approved driver improvement program

MADD Victim Impact Panel: Many judges may order the defendant to attend one

License Suspension: The DMV could suspend a Louisiana driver’s license for first offense DWI conviction for one year.

Ignition Interlock Device: May be required by the DMV to obtain a hardship license

SR-22 Insurance: May be required to get the hardship license after a DWI first offense conviction

Special penalty requirements for 1st-time DWI:

If the BAC is over .15, then an additional 48 hours of the jail sentence cannot be suspended. The judge may allow home incarceration, although many do not.

If the BAC is over .20, then the defendant must face 48 hours of mandatory jail, a fine of $750 to $1,000, and an ignition interlock device must be installed for a period of 12 months.

If a child twelve years old or younger was present in the car during the DUI arrest, the jail sentences that cannot be suspended.

Gonzales DWI Lawyer

The Barkemeyer Law Firm is the first place to run to if you get slapped with a DWI charge. Over the years, we have successfully stood up for hundreds of clients that been arrested and charged for driving under the influence in the State of Louisiana. Of course, you know that the consequences for getting a DWI arrest are really serious and you could lose many things while having a criminal record. Our Gonzales DWI lawyers have extensive knowledge in coming up with the best strategies to fight for you if you get a DUI charge in Gonzales. We serve the entire Ascension Parish and all of Louisiana. So, feel free to reach out to us today and let us hear your own side of the story.

In the event that you got a DWI in Ascension Parish, Mr. Barkemeyer can come to your rescue. Many clients in Gonzales are witnesses to the fact that Mr. Barkemeyer is a top-rated Ascension DWI attorney that is skilled in the representation of persons who got arrested and charged for driving while intoxicated in Louisiana. Our record in the courtrooms are unmatched and we want to ensure that your innocence is proven.

Not All Lawyers Can Properly Defend DWI

That brother-in-law may tell you to go to his lawyer for your DWI. But, DWI is a detailed area of law that most lawyers can never know all of the intricacies that can help a client. A lot of lawyers will take on DWI cases and just try to get through them, never really helping because they don’t know how. Our firm is a DWI defense law firm. This is what we do. Mr. Barkemeyer gives advice and lectures regarding DWI laws to other lawyers. So, beware of your friend’s lawyer. Contact us if you need a real professional who knows Louisiana DUI.

Contact Our Ascension DWI Lawyers

Were you arrested and charged with a DWI? Reach out to our Ascension DWI lawyers at the Barkemeyer Law Firm today as our DUI attorneys are waiting to hear from you. Of course, every story has two sides and we want to engage you in a discussion to understand how best we can defend you. We offer reasonable rates so you have nothing to worry about. Your reputation matters and we will do everything needed to protect you.

Call 225-964-6720

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Ascension Parish Courthouse in Gonzales, Louisiana is where DWI cases are heard.

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We Wrote the Book on DWI

Carl Barkemeyer wrote the published book on DWI: Practical Information for the Accused and Attorneys in Louisiana.
Carl Barkemeyer wrote the published book on DWI: Practical Information for the Accused and Attorneys in Louisiana. He regularly gives lectures and advice to other attorneys regarding how to successfully defend clients for DWI.

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