DUI/DWI Attorney

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DWI and DUI Charges

A DWI charge is more than just a traffic ticket — the consequences of being convicted of a DWI can result in the loss of your driver’s license and can even lead to jail time. Because of the serious penalties that DWIs carry, you need the help of a seasoned attorney who can help you protect your rights and fight your DWI charge.

Attorney Sal Brocato personally handles your case from beginning to end and provides your case with the personal attention that it deserves. He uses his years of experience as both a lawyer and a police officer to analyze your situation and provide straightforward legal advice. To schedule a free initial consultation about your Louisiana DWI case, contact Sal online or by calling his office.

DUI Arrest

Some of the significant consequences of a drunken driving charge that Sal frequently discusses with his clients include:

  • Even on a first offense, you could lose your driver’s license for up to a year.
  • You only have 30 days after your arrest to request a hearing to fight the suspension of your driver’s license or you lose the ability to fight the suspension.
  • It is possible to get a temporary license pending a hearing, but there are specific steps that must be followed. Sal helps with all stages of this process.
  • The administrative process involving your driver’s license is entirely separate from a DWI criminal charge. Sal is able to represent you in both cases.
  • If you are eligible for an expungement, Sal will file the proper paperwork and present it to the court for approval. If the expungement is granted by the court, Sal will ensure the court’s order is forwarded to the proper authorities.
  • Even if you get your case expunged, it can still count as a prior DWI and increase the consequences you face for multiple DWIs.

Even if you are not from Louisiana, but were charged with a DWI while in the state for Mardi Gras or some other occasion, Sal will be able to help you. Contact him as soon as possible to discuss your case!

Multiple DUIs/DWIs

Being charged and convicted of a single DWI/DUI is a big deal — you face increased car insurance premiums, fines, potential jail time and alcohol rehabilitation courses. If you are facing charges for your second, third or even fourth DWI/DUI, then you could face serious, life-altering consequences if you are convicted.

Contact Brocato Law Firm, PLC as soon as possible to discuss your case and get an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Sal will carefully listen to your situation and personalize an aggressive defense strategy aimed at either reducing or eliminating your charges. Call or fill out a short information form online to schedule your free initial consultation.

Sal has 17 years of experience as a police officer in addition to his nearly 15 years of legal experience. This background allows him to analyze each case through multiple lenses and anticipate potential strategies the prosecution will use.

Repeat DUI and Felony DUI Defense Representation

Penalties for multiple DWI/DUI convictions within a 10-year period are increasingly severe and can include:

  • Second DWI / DUI:  Driver’s license suspension, mandatory alcohol or drug counseling and up to six months in jail
  • Third DWI / DUI (felony): Mandatory 1 year in Department of Corrections, suspension of your driver’s license, seizure of your vehicle, mandatory in-house drug/alcohol treatment and any other penalty the court deems appropriate
  • Fourth DWI / DUI (felony):  a mandatory minimum of 2 years in Department of Corrections, suspension of driver’s license, seizure of your vehicle, mandatory  in-house drug/alcohol treatment and any other penalty the court deems appropriate

Additionally, Louisiana courts can require repeat drunken driving offenders to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. This device must be blown into before the vehicle’s engine will turn on. If any trace of alcohol appears on your breath, you will be unable to drive.

Expungement

When you have been convicted of a crime, you may have options that allow you to keep the conviction from ruining the rest of your life. Expungement is a process where the court will seal records so that they are not available to the public. The process to get your record expunged is complicated.

To ensure that you meet all of the expungement requirements and that your record is properly sealed, you should have the help of an experienced lawyer. For nearly 18 years, Sal Brocato has helped clients in Louisiana get through the expungement process so that they can move forward with their lives. Contact him by calling his office or online to schedule a free initial consultation and see how Sal can help you.

Before you are convicted, there are steps you can take and special ways you can plead guilty that make it easier for your record to be expunged later. The sooner you call Sal, the sooner he can start helping you get your life back on track.

Clear Criminal Records

Some things that Sal often tells his clients about expungement include:

  • Sal will personally investigate your case and see if you are eligible for expungement. He thoroughly examines whether you are entitled to an expungement before he puts you through the time and expense of the full expungement process.
  • Sal has helped numerous clients through the expungement process, so he is extremely familiar with all of the paperwork, procedure and evidence required to effectively clear your criminal record.

Sal’s investigation techniques are a product of his more than 17 years as a police officer and member of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. He uses his finely tuned skills to his clients’ benefit no matter what legal issue they face.

Do Not Let a DWI Ruin Your Life — Contact an Experienced Attorney Today!

To schedule a free initial consultation with DWI defense attorney Sal Brocato, contact him through his online form or call.

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