Baton Rouge DWI Vehicular Negligent Injuring Attorneys
Defending DWI Negligent Injuring & Vehicular Homicide Charges in Baton Rouge
DWI charges are harsh enough, but if a DWI resulted in an injury or death, the penalties are more severe. You can’t depend on just any legal team to protect your best interests in this type of case. You need award-winning lawyers who can compel a jury to believe you are innocent through effective defense strategies and articulate communication.
Many attorneys are incapable of handling DWI cases involving vehicular negligent injuring and vehicular homicide, but our Baton Rouge DWI lawyers are equipped to handle even the most complex cases. We are well-versed in both sides of the law and have a proven track record for favorable results, therefore there is no better team to fight for your freedom than Dewey & Braud Law, LLC.
Experience the difference that results-driven, client-focused advocacy can do for you. Contact (225) 414-5954 now!
LA Vehicular Negligent Injuring & Vehicular Homicide Laws
Vehicular negligent injuring is defined under Louisiana Revised Statute 14:39.1 as inflicting an injury upon another person while operating a vehicle, which is a misdemeanor offense. If convicted, you will be fined up to $1,000 and/or imprisoned for up to six months.
When the injuries sustained are “serious bodily injury”, you will likely be charged with first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, which is a felony offense. Louisiana law §39.2 pertains to the offense of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring. This law involves causing serious bodily injury to another person while operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, or other conveyance. The offense is considered first-degree when certain conditions are met, including operating under the influence of alcohol or certain controlled substances, having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more, or consuming a combination of alcohol and non-controlled substances beyond recommended levels. Violation of this law is considered presumptive evidence of negligence. The statute outlines penalties, including a fine of up to two thousand dollars and imprisonment for up to five years. Click Here to learn more about this law.
Louisiana Revised Statute 14:32.1 defines vehicular homicide as, “the killing of a human being caused proximately or caused directly by an offender engaged in the operation of any motor vehicle whether or not the offender had the intent to cause death or great bodily harm, when certain conditions exist and such condition was a contributing factor to the killing.” ((see LA RS 14:62.1 A (1)- (7) )
If you are convicted of vehicular homicide, the range of punishment is $2,000 to $15,000 in fines and 5 to 30 years in prison. Further, you may be subject to a court-approved substance abuse program and/or driver improvement program.
All three of these offenses can exist under the following circumstances:
- The operator is under the influence of alcoholic beverages
- The operator's blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent or more
- The operator 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
- The operator is under the influence of a combination of alcohol and one or more drugs that are not controlled dangerous substances and are legally obtainable with or without a prescription
A Strategic Approach to Vehicular Negligent Injuring Accusations
DWI vehicular negligent injuring allegations can ruin your life. A criminal record, jail, fines and other penalties can impact you indefinitely, as you may have difficulty getting a job, housing, loans and other valuable opportunities.
Don’t let this happen to you.
Instead, retain our Baton Rouge lawyers to defend your DWI vehicular negligent injuring charges. When you do, we will evaluate your case to identify details, flaws and opportunities that can strengthen your defense. Depending on the circumstances of your unique case, we can employ defense strategies such as:
- Filing motions to suppress to challenge an illegal stop by the police
- Police misconduct
- Lack of evidence
- Underlying medical conditions that may have caused impairment
- Faulty police investigation
- Failure to follow police rules of evidence and procedure
- Inconsistencies within the evidence
Let’s get to work. In DWI cases involving negligent vehicular injuring and vehicular homicide, time is of the essence. Contact our lawyers online or by calling (225) 414-5954 to retain the seasoned legal counsel you deserve.
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