According to local news reports, at approximately 3 a.m. on December 23, 2017, officers were dispatched to a citizen complaint of a man passed out in a vehicle in the roadway at a red light in the 200 block of Lake Street. Officers arrived on scene and subsequently arrested the driver for felony offense DWI. It appears as if this is the second time this year that the driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The previous DWI arrest was in August of 2017, but the guilty party was also arrested once in 2016 for DWI and once in 2009 for DWI.
According to Louisiana State Law R.S. 14:98, “on a conviction of a third offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and regardless of whether the offense occurred before or after an earlier conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years and shall be fined two thousand dollars. One year of the sentence of imprisonment shall be imposed without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.”
A DWI charge is very serious, and will certainly affect your life in many ways: professionally, legally, and financially. The court, in its discretion, may suspend all or any part of the remainder of the sentence of imprisonment. For serious charges like DWI 3rd+ offense, it is necessary to have the best legal protection available to you, in order to mitigate the negative effects that these charges carry.
Consult an experienced DWI attorney today with a free consultation from Greenwald Law Firm. Our attorney can handle your case immediately, and understands what it takes to develop a defense that can help minimize the legal and professional consequences. Call our office today and get the representation you need to get through this difficult time.