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Is a DWI arrest the end of the road in Louisiana?

No one who gets in a car while under the influence looks back and thinks that it was a good idea. By its very nature, alcohol impairs judgment and makes people do things they would normally not do. When that bad decision leads to someone else's injury or death, the person driving while intoxicated has to live with that guilt for the rest of his or her life.

Often, these mistakes are a wake-up call. Maybe it's alcoholism or possibly a deep-seated psychological pain that's causing the drinking and all it takes is one incident for that person to snap out of a bad pattern of behavior. In this country, though, the prison system is seen as a cure-all and those who are really just in need of help get locked up instead.

A Louisiana man is facing the prospect of penalties after being arrested for a DWI May 30. He was pulled over for failing to signal, and when the police officer approached the car, he says he smelled alcohol emanating from the vehicle. According to the report, the suspect submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew a 0.04. Louisiana law considers a person drunk with a 0.08 percent alcohol level in their blood. The man was taken to jail and his bond was placed at $2,500.

Yes, the decision to drive while intoxicated is wrong, but should we look at rehabilitation for a man like this? Or should punishment be the only consideration? A DUI charge like this can affect you for the rest of your life, both personally and professionally, so the way you approach it could make all the difference.

A Louisiana attorney can look at your case and may be able to get your charges reduced or thrown out.

Source:, "UPSO Makes DWI Arrests," June 2, 2014

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