DWI Prosecution Procedures Could Be Re-Vamped
Posted on Aug 26, 2016 in DUI/DWI
Receiving a conviction for drunk driving is never something anyone wants to deal with. However, there may come a time when you make the choice to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. And, as a result, you may find yourself charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).
Since 2004, the idea of implementing an improved statewide tracking system to monitor DWI charges has been discussed. The reason for this is simple. Many repeat offenders are slipping through the cracks, being given first-offense charges for what is actually a second offense.
The Case for Improved Tracking
Although this may benefit the offender, some worry that this is placing other drivers in danger and making the roads of Louisiana much more dangerous. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is one of the leading supporters of improving DWI tracking across the state.
Floyd Johnson, former executive director of MADD in Louisiana says that reducing charges “could put the safety of the general public in harm’s way.” Without proper convictions, many serial DWI offenders continue to roam the state, posing a potential risk whenever they are on the road.
Investigations have shown that many questionable DWI deals have occurred. Whether it’s lowering blood alcohol levels to a level that won’t lead to jail time or dropping the level of conviction, officers are known to strike deals on a case-by-case basis.
So is a re-vamped procedure on its way? And if so, will those changes make a difference? Well, the jury is still out. In 2014, Governor Bobby Jindal signed laws passed by the legislature that cracked down on the sentencing procedures of years past.
The laws increased jail time without parole for repeat offenders and required vehicular manslaughter and first-degree negligent injury charges to remain on a driver’s record indefinitely. And while communication (or a lack thereof) between parishes may mean there are some loopholes to work out, these new laws could be bringing big changes to Louisiana roads.
New Orleans DUI Attorneys You Can Trust
It is always our hope that smart choices and careful behavior can prevent injuries and accidents from happening in the first place. However, we understand that mistakes happen. And when they do, you can rest assured that we are here to help.
So if you have been convicted of a DWI charge and have questions regarding your best course of legal action, do not hesitate to contact Bloom Legal, LLC today. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options.