A Louisiana man is currently behind bars for multiple criminal allegations. Among his charges is a fifth-offense drunk driving count, although it is not clear if he was ever convicted for his past arrests. Drunk driving charges are serious enough as is, but arrests for subsequent offenses can be especially difficult for Lake Charles drivers.
The 56-year-old man's arrest followed an accident that occurred at approximately 6:45 p.m. The crash involved four vehicles, but further details of the accident were not clear, and police did not indicate if the man was responsible. However, upon arriving at the scene, they claim that they found the driver in his vehicle and that he displayed signs of intoxication. They also allegedly found synthetic marijuana and an open can of beer in the vehicle.
The driver complied with police and underwent a field sobriety test, though he apparently performed poorly. He also supposedly admitted to using synthetic marijuana prior to getting behind the wheel of his vehicle. During this interaction authorities discovered that his vehicle bore a fake temporary tag, the driver lacked insurance and that his license was suspended from past DWI arrests.
When coupled with other allegations, drunk driving charges can severely complicate a person's legal matters. For Lake Charles defendants, the effects of DWIs and other serious criminal charges can be mitigated through the actions of a thoroughly planned defense. For some, this means fighting the charges throughout trial court proceedings, while for others negotiating a plea deal can garner the best possible outcome.