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Baton Rouge police charge man with DWI, reckless operation

A drunk driving arrest in Louisiana must be taken seriously. When a driver who has been charged with DUI or DWI also faces allegations of damaging someone's property and injuring another, the potential consequences are even more severe. In this situation, the assistance of an experienced attorney is a necessity.

Recently, a man was apparently making a sharp right turn near Conley Avenue in Baton Rouge when he accidentally drove into a family's house. The family had been eating dinner at the time. No one who lived in the house was seriously hurt, although the family's 15-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to the police, the man who drove into the brick house tried to run away from the accident scene. However, the elderly, blind man who owned the home grabbed him and forced him to stay until the law enforcement officers arrived.

The police charged the driver, a 40-year-old Louisiana man, with DWI, failure to maintain control of a vehicle and reckless operation of a vehicle.

In Louisiana, when a motorist registers 0.08 or greater in a breath or blood test or fails a field sobriety test, that person will be charged with a drunk driving offense. People facing DUI or DWI charges face serious consequences if convicted. However, it is important to understand that an arrest is not the same as a conviction. Just because someone is charged does not necessary mean that person will be found guilty.

A defense lawyer can have a significant impact on the outcome of a drunk driving case. An attorney will thoroughly evaluate a situation from all angles and determine the best approach. Favorable results may include dismissed charges, restored driving privileges, reduced fines and even community service rather than jail time.

Source: wafb.com, "Blind elderly man apprehends suspect who crashed into his house," Keitha Nelson, 12 Feb. 2011

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