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Your DUI/DWI Defense Is Important To Us

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol you may feel like the police and prosecutors are treating you like a dangerous criminal. Perhaps you had one drink too many at happy hour or a friend's party. Like many people, you did not realize that just a few drinks are enough to put you over the legal limit of .08. However, one mistake doesn't make you a hardened criminal or habitual drunk.

The consequences of a DUI can be severe: loss of driving privileges, impounded vehicle, increased insurance costs and on and on. The Law Office of Rhett P. Spano, L.L.C. is on your side to ensure that the police and the prosecutor treat you fairly. Rhett Spano has 13 years of experience defending people just like you who have had the misfortune of getting arrested for DUI. Don't compound your misfortune by thinking you can represent yourself or that the police and prosecutors will treat you fairly. Retain an attorney who is aggressive and experienced enough to resolve your case with the best possible outcome.

Contact the Law Office of Rhett P. Spano today via our online contact form or call us today at 225-387-8327.

Thorough Investigation

Your arrest for DUI is based largely on the circumstances for which the police officer stopped you. This is also known as probable cause and without it the police have no business stopping you and therefore no case. These days, most police vehicles contain video cameras that record most everything. At the Law Office of Rhett P. Spano, L.L.C. we thoroughly investigate the police officer's probable cause to stop you to by obtaining the video of your stop and carefully analyzing it to determine if the police office lacked probable cause to stop you. Sometimes, our analysis of the video reveals that the driver did nothing improper and that the officer had no reason to stop him. When that occurs, your DUI charge can be dismissed.

We will also thoroughly investigate the facts of your case to determine:

  • If the police officer correctly performed the Field Sobriety Test to determine of you exhibited signs of intoxication.
  • If you were informed of your rights before submitting to a breath or blood test.

Any other fact that may affect your case. Whether the Breathalyzer was working properly and maintained correctly at the time of testing.

    • Seek An Experienced DUI/DWI Defense Attorney

      Fortunately, a skilled DUI/DWI Lawyer can mean the difference between a conviction and a dismissal or reduced charge. Baton Rouge DUI/DWI Attorney Rhett P. Spano has the experience to review the crucial evidence of your DUI/DWI arrest and successfully defend you. Often times, DUI/DWI arrests are video taped and this can be your saving grace. Baton Rouge DUI/DWI Attorney Rhett Spano has the experience and knowledge to evaluate the video tape evidence for errors in the admission of the field sobriety test (SFST), which is one of the main pieces of evidence against you. As an experienced DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer, he can tell you if you should fight your case and take it to trial or seek a plea bargain for the best possible deal. Rhett P. Spano also consults with one of the most respected DUI/DWI experts in the country to give you an even greater chance of being acquitted. Call Baton Rouge DUI/DWI Defense Attorney Rhett Spano to schedule a free and confidential consultation regarding your case. Call now at (225) 341-7506 or fill out our online contact form.

      Third Or Fourth Offense DUI/DWI

      If you have been arrested for a third or fourth offense DUI/DWI, you definitely can't afford to be without the services of an experienced DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer. Third or fourth offense DUI/DWI is a felony charge that carries mandatory jail time, in addition to heavy fines and court costs, long-term loss of your driver's license, increased cost of car insurance, vehicle impoundment or forfeiture. It is important to know, however, that whatever the circumstances of your third or fourth offense DUI/DWI arrest, you have options. An experienced DUI/DWI Defense Lawyer can mean the difference between jail time or getting your charges reduced. Call now to schedule a free and confidential consultation at (225-387-8327 or fill out our online contact form.

      Under Age DUI/DWI Arrest

      If you are under the age of twenty-one (21), drinking and driving can easily result in a DUI/DWI arrest. Louisiana's underage DUI/DWI law is found in Revised Statute 14:98.1. Normally, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC%) of 0.08% or higher will result in a DUI/DWI arrest. However, for drivers under the age of twenty-one (21), a blood alcohol concentration (BAC%) of as little as 0.02% will get arrested for underage DUI/DWI. Often times, a single beer, glass of wine or mixed drink on an empty stomach can result in a blood alcohol concentration (BAC%) of 0.02%. Even if you do not feel intoxicated or "buzzed" you can be arrested for underage DUI/DWI. If you have been arrested for underage DUI/DWI, you can't afford to be without the experience and aggressiveness of DUI/DWI Attorney Rhett Spano. Call now at 225-387-8327 to schedule a free and confidential consultation regarding your case or fill out our online contact form.

    Personal Consequences

    In addition to the legal consequences you face after a DUI/DWI conviction, you also face serious personal consequences. If your license has been suspended, it will not be reinstated until you can prove you have insurance. However, because of your conviction, your car insurance provider might cancel or drop your coverage and you might find it difficult or very expensive to obtain new high-risk insurance (SR-22).

    If you are divorced and share custody with your ex-spouse, he or she might attempt to go to court and modify the custody and/or visitation arrangement. Also, you risk losing your current job, especially if it involves driving a company vehicle. You may have trouble obtaining a new job, as many employers do background checks. That's why it is important that you quickly obtain the best DUI/DWI defense available. Call Baton Rouge DUI/DWI Defense Attorney Rhett Spano to schedule a free and confidential consultation regarding your case. Call now at (225-387-8327 or fill out our online contact form.

    Don't Simply Plead Guilty - Speak to Us First

    Don't compound your situation by not contacting me to discuss your case and your options. What may at first seem like hopeless defeat can often be turned into success in the hands of an experienced DUI defense lawyer. Call Baton Rouge DUI/DWI Defense Attorney Rhett Spano to schedule a free and confidential consultation regarding your case. Call now at (225-387-8327 or fill out our online contact form.

    Legal Consequences of DUI Conviction

    Recently, the Louisiana Legislature stiffened the penalties for violation of the DUI/DWI law, which is found in Louisiana Revised Statute 14:98. These days the consequences of a Louisiana DUI/DWI conviction are too serious to ignore. Although a first or second offense DUI/DWI is a misdemeanor criminal charge, you should not take it lightly.

    A DUI/DWI conviction has many longstanding and serious consequences including, heavy fines and court costs, long-term loss of your driver's license, increased cost of car insurance, vehicle impoundment or forfeiture, and jail time. In addition, a DUI/DWI conviction can leave you with a permanent criminal record and hurt your future chances of employment. Call Baton Rouge DUI/DWI Defense Attorney Rhett Spano to schedule a free and confidential consultation regarding your case. Call now at (225-387-8327 or fill out our online contact form.

    License Revocation Hearing

    If you have been arrested for DUI/DWI it is important that you act with 15 days of your arrest to request an Administrative Hearing with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections or your license may be automatically suspended and you may or may not be entitled to a hardship license. It is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest so that you can receive legal counsel before this hearing. This hearing also provides an opportunity to hear some of the evidence the prosecution has against you. Unlike other lawyers, Rhett Spano does not charge extra to attend the administrative hearing on your behalf. Call Baton Rouge DUI/DWI Defense Attorney Rhett Spano to schedule a free and confidential consultation regarding your case. Call now at (225-387-8327 or fill out our online contact form.