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What options and restrictions you may have after a DUI arrest

Because everyone has a slightly different outlook on life, there are a number of common ways in which individuals respond to being arrested for drunk driving. For some drivers, the consequences of a DUI seem like a mere slap on the wrist. For others, even the arrest itself can jeopardize their job, their standing in the community and their sense of self-respect. As you might imagine, most people respond somewhere in between these two extremes.

If you have been arrested and charged with first-offense DUI, a judge won't necessarily "throw the book" at you. But that doesn't mean DUI charges are nothing to be worried about. Indeed, they need to be taken seriously, and defendants need to seek legal help as soon as possible.

As a first-time offender, you may have some options that are not offered to those with prior convictions. Louisiana courts offer what's known as pretrial diversion, which can result in an eventual dismissal of charges. DUI offenders offered pretrial diversion agree to enter a guilty plea which a judge does not rule on. Then, the defendant agrees to take classes and perform community service. After all this, the charges may be dismissed.

In some cases, offenders will be put on probation rather than facing jail time. Depending on the person and the facts of the case, probation may come with a number of restrictions and requirements, including:

  • Not being allowed to drink alcohol, sometimes monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet
  • Needing to install an ignition interlock device
  • Participating in alcohol treatment programs and DUI classes
  • Performing community service
  • Temporary suspension of a driver's license
  • A condition prohibiting the defendant from incurring any more criminal charges

The penalties you face and the opportunities you are offered will depend on a number of factors. Among the best ways to both prepare for a trial and learn about alternative options is to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.

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