Is DWI a Felony in Louisiana?

Carl Barkemeyer is felony DWI/DUI defense lawyer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Felony DWI charges are very serious charges that require an attorney that is experienced in handling these types of cases. Mr. Barkemeyer has successfully handled and tried many DWI cases.

A charge of DWI becomes a felony when the offender has at least two prior DWI convictions. Felony DWI charges can involve lengthy prison sentences, as well as an incredible amount of probation conditions.  See below the relevant excerpts from the Louisiana DWI statute.

3rd - Third Offense DWI/DUI

On a conviction of a third offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and regardless of whether the offense occurred before or after an earlier conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years and shall be fined two thousand dollars. One year of the sentence of imprisonment shall be imposed without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. The court, in its discretion, may suspend all or any part of the remainder of the sentence of imprisonment. If any portion of the sentence is suspended, the offender shall be placed on supervised probation with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, division of probation and parole, for a period of time equal to the remainder of the sentence of imprisonment, which probation shall commence on the day after the offender's release from custody.

4th - Fourth and Subsequent Offense DWI/DUI

Except as otherwise provided in Subparagraph (4)(b) of this Subsection, on a conviction of a fourth or subsequent offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and regardless of whether the fourth offense occurred before or after an earlier conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than ten years nor more than thirty years and shall be fined five thousand dollars. Two years of the sentence of imprisonment shall be imposed without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. The court, in its discretion, may suspend all or any part of the remainder of the sentence of imprisonment. If any portion of the sentence is suspended, the offender shall be placed on supervised probation with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, division of probation and parole, for a period of time not to exceed five years, which probation shall commence on the day after the offender's release from custody.

Baton Rouge Louisiana Felony DWI/DUI Defense Lawyer

Mr. Barkemeyer is experienced in defending these serious charges. He is knowledgable about DWI laws and how to properly defend DWI charges. He has defended clients charged with Felony DWI in many parishes throughout Louisiana.

Contact Baton Rouge DWI lawyer, Carl Barkemeyer, at 225-964-6720 to discuss your case.

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