Practice Areas

OWI Arrests

In Louisiana, an arrest for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol ("DWI") is defined by law as an "OWI" for operating while intoxicated.  The expanded definition under our law extends to the physical control of motor vehicles, watercraft and other means of conveyance.  For your purposes, the terms DWI and OWI are synonymous

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Drug Arrests

Most drug arrests are the result of a vehicle traffic stop. Unsuspecting travelers often find their journey interrupted after allegedly committing a minor traffic violation. Based on response of the driver and observations of the officer, travelers often find themselves roadside trying to explain their actions and justify their travel plans.

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Money and Asset Forfeitures

A considerable part of our practice specialization is dedicated to representing those individuals who have had cash or property seized under U.S. and state forfeiture laws. By law, law enforcement agencies have the right to seizure money and property if there is a direct association between the money or property and drug activities. In many instances, travelers have their property and possessions seized subsequent to an arrest regardless of whether drugs or other contraband are found in the vehicle. By law, the law enforcement agency which seizes the property must serve the person with notice of intention to seize.

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Boating and Watercraft Arrests  

Louisiana's driving while under the influence statute covers not only cars but boats and watercrafts, such as jet skis, water scooters, and jet boats.  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have agents trained in alcohol detection and testing as part of an initiative to enforce and promote boating safety.  The same standards for impairment while operating a car apply with watercraft.  Arrests which occur while operating watercraft invoke the same period of driver's license suspension and criminal penalties at those which occur in the operation of an automobile.  If you are arrested while  operating a watercraft, do not delay in seeking competent legal representation immediately.

Traffic Arrests and Suspensions 

As considerable portion of our practice is geared toward the representation of individuals charged with violations of state statutes and local ordinances governing the operation of motor vehicles, including those utilized in the trucking industry. While most offenses do not carry jail time as a penalty upon conviction, adverse employment and insurance consequences are common place making the correct handling of these matters critically important. Driving under suspension does carry a jail sentence under Louisiana law and a plea conviction will result in an additional period of suspension for at least one year. We will work diligently to obtain satisfactory alternatives with our clients charged with traffic and suspension offenses.

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Records Cleansing and Expungements

The members of the firm are experienced in handling the cleansing and expungements for past traffic and criminal pleas or convictions. Matters that have been concluded many years ago may resurface during a background check for employment or change of insurance. In many cases, individuals may have assumed that a conviction was expunged from your record because you entered a plea under Articles 893, 894, or 892.1. Oftentimes the conviction is not actually cleared from your record and additional work is required to cleanse the record for those purposes specifically provided for by law.

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Local Counsel

We serve as local counsel for many of our out of state clients who wish to have their personal attorneys involved in their legal affairs.

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