When you are arrested for operating while impaired (OWI) in Louisiana, it will trigger two separate legal actions–criminal and administrative. The criminal proceeding will determine whether you are guilty or not guilty of the offense as well as the appropriate sentence for a conviction, while the administrative case–handled by the Department of Motor Vehicles–could result in a driver’s license suspension. This suspension can happen quickly, so contacting an OWI defense attorney soon after your arrest is imperative.
Louisiana’s 15-Day License Suspension Rule
Because driving is viewed as a privilege and not a right, you could lose your license simply for being arrested for drunk driving–whether or not you are found guilty of this crime. In fact, if you do not request an administrative hearing with the DMV within 15 days of your OWI arrest, your license can be suspended automatically.
Contact An OWI Defense Lawyer To Fight Your License Suspension
You only have a limited amount of time during which you can appeal your Louisiana driver’s license suspension, so you should immediately hire an OWI defense attorney to begin preparing your hearing request. Attorney J. Bradley Cockrell has helped many clients contest their license suspension so they could continue to drive to work and other necessary locations. He understands how to correctly submit your hearing request and will ensure that it is sent to the DMV on time.
To get started on your license appeal, contact Mr. Cockrell’s law office today for a free case evaluation.