Lake Charles DUI Lawyer

Drunk Driving Defense · Traffic and License Offenses

A conviction for driving under impairment (DUI), even a first offense, can haunt you in many ways for many years. You need to take these charges seriously and hire an attorney who will fight for you.

The law firm of Catherine L. Stagg, Attorney at Law, L.L.C., provides experienced defense for drunk driving charges and other driving offenses. Our experienced Lake Charles attorney handles cases in Calcasieu Parish and surrounding jurisdictions of southwest Louisiana.

If you were arrested for DUI or cited for traffic offenses, contact us to arrange a consultation to discuss the facts of your case and how we can help.

Challenging a DUI Arrest

Criminal defense lawyer Catherine Stagg has handled many DUI cases in 35 years of practice. She can capably represent you if you are charged with driving under impairment of alcohol, controlled substances or prescription medications.

If you have prior DUI offenses, you could be facing a jail sentence and possibly felony charges. On a first-time DUI, you might avoid jail time but still be subject to license suspension and other consequences. Ms. Stagg examines all the facts of your case for grounds to challenge the basis for your drunk driving arrest: probably cause for the traffic stop, field sobriety tests, breath testing and conduct of the arresting officer.

In many cases we can negotiate a suspended sentence or get a repeat offense knocked down to a lesser DUI charge. If necessary, we are prepared to fight your DUI at trial.

Calcasieu Parish Traffic Violations Attorney DUI & Traffic Offenses

A traffic offense can also have adverse effects, especially if it triggers license suspension. Our firm regularly helps clients get traffic offenses dismissed or reduced, including:

  • Reckless driving or racing
  • Driving under suspension
  • Driving without a valid license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Speeding
  • Illegal passing
  • Other moving violations

We have represented truck drivers whose CDL license is jeopardized by a DUI or serious or minor traffic offense. In years past, these could be reduced to non-moving violations, but because of stricter regulations it is necessary to fight the citation to get it totally wiped off.

In some parishes, drivers may qualify for traffic diversions — the citation stays off your record if you have no tickets for the next six months. You need an attorney who knows who to call and how to negotiate this.

Talk to a Lake Charles DUI Attorney Today

We understand that loss of driving privileges and a criminal record can create problems for employment and other facets of life. We will do everything to make this go away or minimize the consequences.

To arrange a consultation with Catherine Stagg, call 337-497-0640 or contact us online.