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Drunk driving may be more common than you think

Police claim that the streets in Lake Charles may be less safe than most people think. According to officials, as many as 25 percent of Louisiana drivers are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol at any given time. A task force recently suggested establishing another way to combat these offenses outside of drunk driving charges, which would involve creating a new criminal offense -- driving under the influence of drugs, or a DUID.  

Off-duty officer arrested for 3rd drunk driving offense

A Louisiana officer was recently arrested for the second time in four months. Authorities say that he was under the influence of alcohol when he caused an accident. He was charged with drunk driving, which is his third time facing such an offense. Although even first time DWI charges are serious, subsequent arrests can have serious implications for Lake Charles defendants. 

Louisiana police arrest UPS delivery woman for drunk driving

Delivering all of Louisiana's online-shopping packages can be a stressful job that requires careful attention to the road and task at hand. Louisiana police claim that one delivery woman shirked those duties and instead delivered packages while under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested for drunk driving and drug possession. 

Drunk driving fines increase under new law

Paying the steep fines associated with certain criminal charges can be cost prohibitive for some Lake Charles residents. Recently enacted state laws could make doing so even harder. Fines for drunk driving convictions were recently raised, adding on a bigger burden for those already in the middle of a difficult situation. 

Drug charges require careful criminal defense planning

Being arrested for possessing drugs can be a frightening experience. Few Lake Charles defendants are prepared for just how overwhelming everything that comes after the arrest can be. From being formally charged to beginning criminal defense preparations, doing so alongside a dedicated counsel can help you better handle the charges filed against you. 

Driver faces drunk driving charges after fleeing scene of wreck

Louisiana police recently arrested a man they claim fled the scene of a pedestrian accident. The man in question is charged with a first offense for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, hit and run, careless operation, and more. These types of drunk driving allegations can be quite serious, and anyone in Lake Charles who is facing similar charges would be well advised to seek guidance where necessary.

Truck driver flees crash, charged with drunk driving

A recent single-vehicle wreck led Louisiana police to make an arrest. The driver accused of drunk driving did not appear to be injured in the wreck. He is facing several criminal charges, including a hit and run and weight restriction charges on top of a first offense DWI. For Lake Charles residents facing similar charges, the potential effects of a criminal conviction can be devastating. 

Louisiana man arrested for 5th drunk driving offense

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.

Drunk driving charges filed against man on lawn mower

Louisiana treats any suspicion of intoxication behind the wheel very seriously, and those accused of such face considerable consequences. However, drivers do not necessarily have to be inside of a car, truck or SUV to be charged with drunk driving. For one man, sitting behind the wheel of a riding lawn mower was enough for charges to be filed against him.

Don't underestimate negative consequences of drunk driving arrest

You may think that getting pulled over and charged with DUI in Louisiana may not be so big a deal if you only had a couple drinks and are certain you weren't stumbling all over the place or slurring your speech. The problem is that situations like this may appear to be cut and dried and, for the most part, easily resolvable. However, if the arresting officer says you performed poorly on a field sobriety test or chemical test results don't turn out in your favor, not only might you face a serious legal challenge, your freedom may be at risk if the court hands down a conviction.  

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