Scott E. Hanthorn
Professional, Highly Qualified and Trained
Dedicated to DWI Defense
IN LOUISIANA, DWI IS A TWO PART PROCESS.
THE TWO ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PROCESSES
IN TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LOCATIONS
WITH TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT JUDGES.
PART ONE is the adminstrative hearing. It has to do with the state of Louisiana and involves the suspension of your license for blowing over the limit or refusing to blow into the breath machine. 32:661, etc.
The adminstrative hearing is held at the administrative law offices or at a state police troop building, depending upon the location of your arrest.
PART TWO of the process has to do with the criminal portion of the law, 14:98, and is prosecuted in the parish where you were arrested, either in a state or city court, depending upon what law enforcement agency arrested you.
Again, the two are completely different.
THE ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING, 32:661, ETC.
The administrative hearing has to do only with the suspension of your driver's license for blowing above the legal limit or refusing to blow into the breath machine.
Your suspension could be from 6 months to 4 years, depending on how many times you have been arrested before and how high you blow on the breath machine.
You have only 15 calendar days to file for the administrative hearing.
These 15 days include holidays and weekends. However, if the 15th day falls on a holiday or weekend, you have until the next working day to file. If you do not file in time, your license will automatically be suspended when your 30 day temporary license expires.
The administrative hearing is not about your guilt or innocence for DWI. It is about whether you refused to blow or blew over the limit on the breath machine. It is about the very specific elements involving the arrest, paperwork and the administration of the breath test. It is about whether proper procedures were followed.
The truth is that you can be completely falling down drunk on the video and still save your license. Or, you can appear completely sober and still lose your license if all procedures were properly done.
Although you can file for this on your own, filing it will get you a hearing, but will not get you the very specific information you need to win the hearing. You will probably go there and say things that will cause you to lose. This hearing is highly technical and involves elements that even the average lawyer knows very little about.
I am highly trained in this area. Let me put that expertise to work for you, because the truth is, a lot of people needlessly lose their license.
Don't let your driving record become your criminal record.
A DWI can affect your job, your family, your insurance, your career.
Call me for a free phone consultation. Know your rights and get a realistic assesment of your situation. Take advantage of the free offer of my considerable training and experience in this highly technical area of law.
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