The state of Louisiana has some harsh penalties for people convicted of driving while intoxicated, but penalties are only the immediate concern.
The DWI mark on your record will follow you. How will a conviction affect your future including the plans you have for a career change?
About the penalties
If law enforcement pulls you over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, you are looking at some significant penalties even if it is your first offense. For example, you could pay up to $1,000 in fines plus court costs and spend up to six months in jail. Just as important, you also face the suspension of your driving privileges. The penalties increase with a second or subsequent offense.
The larger problem with a DWI conviction is that it will follow you for years. Your current employer may not be sympathetic to a DWI mark on your record, especially if your job description includes driving for the company, and you may face termination. Of course, this job may only be temporary since you have other career plans: You want to go into teaching. However, having a DWI conviction may disqualify you from obtaining the certification or state licensing you need for professions such as law, medicine or education.
Do not accept the charges against you without a fight. Anything from administrative errors to faulty testing equipment could exist. Building an effective defense strategy is important. You have plans for your future and a new career to pursue. You could do without that DWI mark on your record, and you want the best outcome possible for your case.