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Pedestrian's death leads to DWI charge for Baton Rouge man

Earlier this week, a 35-year-old man was walking along Scenic Highway in Baton Rouge when a vehicle struck him. He was attempting to cross the roadway when a 1989 Ford pickup truck collided with him just before 7:00 Tuesday morning. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital, where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident.

Now, the Baton Rouge police believe they have the man responsible for the drunk driving accident in custody. Authorities arrested a 26-year-old Baton Rouge man and booked him into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. They charged him with one count of second-offense DWI.

Anytime a driver in Louisiana registers .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. However, it is important to understand that a charge is not the same as a conviction. In many cases, a defense attorney can have a significant impact on the charge and help minimize the effects on a person's life.

A defense lawyer will closely evaluate all aspects of a DUI/DWI charge. He or she will build a defense based on the evidence and circumstances of the situation. Depending on the specifics of a case, an attorney may be able to get the charges dismissed, help restore the defendant's driving privileges, get the fines reduced or obtain community service rather than a jail sentence for a client. While every case is different, a defense lawyer will be able to help protect a defendant's rights and interests.

Source: WXVT, "Man booked on DWI in pedestrian's death," 23 March 2011

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