Based in Bossier City, Louisiana, H. Lyn Lawrence, Jr. APLC provides exceptional representation on behalf of defendants throughout Northwest Louisiana facing a range of misdemeanors and felonies, including driving while intoxicated (DWI) matters, assault, battery, domestic abuse violence and theft, as well as cases involving drug crimes, such as possession, manufacturing and distribution. We understand that being accused of committing a crime can be a frightening experience and we are here to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf before the daunting criminal justice system.
Talking to the Police
Dealing with the police can be intimidating, especially if you have never been arrested before. It is important to know that you do not have to answer any questions without an attorney present, even if the police tell you they are just investigating and that you are not yet under arrest.
In many cases, the prosecutor will offer a plea deal. A plea deal can often prove tempting if it includes less severe punishments than you would face if convicted by a jury. However, that does not mean the deal is fair. An experienced criminal defense attorney can negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf to obtain the best possible outcome. Because we have extensive trial experience, prosecutors know they must offer a fair deal or risk us fighting the case in court. Additionally, we perform an in-depth investigation to determine whether there might be any evidence available that would completely exonerate you.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
If you have been arrested and charged with a DWI, time is of the essence. If you fail to request an administrative hearing from the Office of Motor Vehicles within thirty (30) days of your arrest, you face an automatic suspension of your driver's license.
Even one DWI conviction can affect your life significantly, costing up to several thousand dollars in fines, court costs, and other fees. You may also face as much as six months in jail and a license suspension of six months or a full year. Even if a prosecutor offers you a plea deal to avoid jail time, you would still have a criminal record, which could affect your car insurance, employment opportunities, and other aspects of your life.
Misdemeanors are Still Serious
Misdemeanors carry serious punishments that can affect your life in a number of ways. Jail time is still a possible punishment for many misdemeanors, as are serious fines and court costs. You will also have a criminal record, which can be problematic long after a conviction, as many prospective employers perform background checks on job applicants.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that we can begin uncovering evidence that might help your defense. For your convenience, we take all criminal defense cases on a flat fee basis. To speak with an experienced defense attorney about your case, contact H. Lyn Lawrence, Jr. APLC today.