DWI Laws Changing in Louisiana

Posted on May 14, 2013 in Drugs, DUI/DWI, Local Issues

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Things are changing in Louisiana when it comes to DWI prosecution. The state wants to implement a DWI tracking system in three parishes that could potentially stop repeat offenders from pleading for 1st time DWIs in multiple parishes. As of right now, Louisiana allows for someone who has pled guilty for a 1st time DWI to plead again to the same 1st time DWI. Many times a case will note if there have been prior convictions and if they are keeping up to their term obligations (probation, community service, etc) but with the new system, this will be better tracked and prevent someone who has a 1st time DWI from pleading to a multiple 1st Offender DWIs. Even if someone pleads to a second 1st time DWI, the 3rd time can be counted as a felony with jail time. Of the 1,591 DWI cases handled last year, less than 1% actually went to trial; many of these were pled out to lesser charges with probation. As society becomes more modernized and electronic we can expect more consistency with records across county, parish, state and nation level.

I’m Seth Bloom, a criminal defense and DWI/DUI lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana that will be on top of all these new issues in DWI and DUI law. Call Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 or email us at info@bloomlegal.com with any questions.

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