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Is DWI a Felony in Louisiana?

Is DWI a Felony in Louisiana?

DWI is a felony when the offender has at least two prior DWI convictions within 10 years of the date of arrest on the current DWI. The ten years is calculated starting from the date the defendant completed probation on the previous conviction up to the date of arrest for the new charge.

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.  Carl Barkemeyer is felony DWI defense lawyer in 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.

Third-Offense DWI

Third-offense DWI is a felony in Louisiana. 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.

Fourth and Subsequent Offense DWI

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.

Louisiana Felony DWI 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 Louisiana DWI lawyers at the Barkemeyer Law Firm.

Carl Barkemeyer wrote the published book on DWI: Practical Information for the Accused and Attorneys in Louisiana. He regularly gives lectures and advice to other attorneys regarding how to successfully defend clients for DWI.
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