A 59-year-old man was reportedly arrested on Monday and accused of driving under the influence, making for his third DUI arrest in less than a year-s time and his second in the last two weeks. In addition to the DUI charge, he was also charged with operating a vehicle while under suspension for a prior arrest, reckless operation of a vehicle and speeding.
In the Monday arrest, police said that the man had been driving only a few blocks from his home when he was clocked driving 44 mph in a 30 mph zone. When police attempted to stop him, they say, he drove recklessly and resisted or several blocks. An officer believed that the man was intoxicated because of his appearance, though he refused to undergo a field sobriety test and a blood alcohol content breath test.
The previous two DUI arrests came on January 29 and March 29, 2012. In each case, he faced multiple charges, including improper lane usage, drinking in a motor vehicle, failure to obey a stop sign, speeding, and reckless operation of a vehicle. The results of those two cases are pending in Baton Rouge City Court.
DUI charges are nothing to take lightly, but when charges multiply, things can get very serious very quickly. A first DUI offense in Louisiana will result in between 2 days and 6 months in jail, a $1,000 fine, and a 90-day license suspension. A second offense, if within one year of the first offense, will result in a minimum of 30 days in jail with no suspensions, a $1,000 fine, and a one-year license suspension. A third offense constitutes a felony offense, and the penalties get steeper.
Those facing a second or third DUI offense do well to consult with an experienced attorney to determine how to best protect themselves and build the best case possible.
Source: The Advocate, “BR man booked on third DUI in less than one year,” Robert Stewart, February 21, 2013