Beyoncé has a viral song called "Drunk in Love," which speaks about the thrills of being, well, drunk in love. The song is catchy, and it makes the thought of being drunk and enjoying life sound wonderful. Hopefully, like Beyoncé, you can afford a driver to avoid the possibility of a DWI because although being drunk in love may sound fun, being drunk in jail can be a horrible experience. Driving under the influence (DWI), more formally known as operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), is a crime in the State of Louisiana, and it can lead to a variety of unfortunate repercussions--one of which is jail.
If you were arrested for a DUI in Louisiana, please reach out to the Louisiana criminal defense attorney Philip B. Adams immediately to secure the support you need to protect your rights.
When Can You Be Charged with a DUI/OWI?
As an initial matter, although most of us think of DUI/OWI in the context of driving cars, you can be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated if you are operating a car, boat, or any other means of conveyance if adequate circumstances exist.
What Are the Circumstances?
A person can be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated if any of the following circumstances exist:
(a) The driver of the vehicle is under the influence of alcoholic beverages.
(b) The driver of the vehicle's blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent or more.
(c) The driver of the vehicle is under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance listed in Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V as outlined in R.S. 40:964.
(d)(i) The driver of the vehicle is under the influence of both alcohol and one or more drugs that are not controlled dangerous substances and that are legally obtainable with or without a prescription.
Thus, it is essential to note that there is more than one way to be charged with DUI/OWI. Additionally, it is also important to note that you can be charged with DUI/OWI not only when you have consumed alcohol but also if you have consumed certain drugs as well.
Other Factors to Consider
The penalty for DUI/OWI can depend on a variety of factors. Consider the following questions:
These are all critical questions that can change the outcome of your case if you are convicted. As a result, it is key to have good legal counsel to help guide you through the process.
Call a Louisiana Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Being charged with a DUI/OWI can be a costly and burdensome endeavor. However, having a competent lawyer can potentially make a difference in your case's outcome. The Law Offices of Philip B. Adams has an experienced Louisiana criminal defense lawyer who has handled many cases dealing with DUI/OUI.
We are located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and we represent clients throughout the state of Louisiana. If you want to learn more about our firm, you can contact us at 318-230-7199 to schedule a free, initial consultation.