Louisiana has serious problems with drunk driving violations leading to death and injury. When an accident results in death caused by drunk driving, the offender must confront a whole new rung of the ladder when it comes to the criminal justice system. Although the penalties for DUI are serious, the violator will generally not be incarcerated on a first offense with no complications, damages or injuries. The penalties increase from that point as the impact of the offense intensifies.
Delivery drivers spend a good portion of their days on Louisiana's roads. The work may be tedious at times, and their attention could wander as they travel. That does not necessarily mean that their behavior is indicative of drunk driving.
Serious consequences often follow serious crimes. However, no one should face punishment until -- and only if -- a conviction for criminal charges is returned in court. Individuals facing accusations of vehicular homicide have a right to create and present a criminal defense against the allegations in hopes of working toward the best outcomes possible.
Like every state, Louisiana has some criminal laws that are too arcane or too oppressive to have credible authority. One such law has been identified, challenged and declared unconstitutional by three separate federal court opinions, including one from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. That court, on Aug. 3, ruled that the state law that makes it a crime to "threaten" a public official is overly broad and unconstitutional. The criminal defense to prosecution under the infirm law was based on freedom of speech.
If you are involved in a Louisiana traffic accident, there are many things you should remember to do. Exchanging insurance information, taking pictures of the scene and being careful not to admit fault are just a few things you may hear from experts and advisors. Skipping these steps can complicate your situation when it comes time to seek the compensation you deserve.