Mr. Haedicke has extensive experience representing individuals charged with misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and DWIs. He is familiar with the workings of both Magistrate Court and Traffic Court in New Orleans.
Misdemeanor crimes come in a wide variety, from public drunkenness to simple battery. Although considered “petty” crimes in the context of the wider criminal justice system, they can be of great importance to the people charged with committing them. Mr. Haedicke always treats misdemeanor cases with the same level of seriousness as he would expect were he to be charged with such an offense.
Mr. Haedicke is also experienced in defending charges of DWI, or driving while intoxicated. Perhaps the most serious of traffic offenses, a DWI charge can be complex to defend; almost every DWI involves a substantial amount of scientific evidence, ranging from “horizontal gaze nystagmus” tests to “blow” tests to determine a person’s BAC (blood alcohol content). The consequences of a DWI conviction are also substantial: a person faces up to 6 months in jail and a $1000 fine for a first offense, and their driver’s license may be suspended for up to a year. The penalties increase with subsequent violations.
Given the complexities and consequences associated with either a misdemeanor or a DWI charge, it pays to have experienced counsel at your side. If you or a loved one has been charged with such a crime, contact the Law Offices of Stephen Haedicke for a free consultation.