Criminal defense: Lake Charles accident spawns DWI charges

On Behalf of Sanchez Burke, LLC

When anyone in our state is suspected of committing a crime, they may feel that the road ahead is bleak. Fortunately, many have certain rights under the law, such as the ability to launch a criminal defense against the allegations. Lake Charles authorities have charged an 18-year-old woman with DWI following a crash she was involved in with a Louisiana State Police officer. According to reports, the accident caused five injuries, but their exact nature and extent is unknown. All of those injured were in the vehicle with the woman who has been charged.

The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 171 in Lake Charles. According to police, the woman drove through a red flashing light causing her to strike the State Police car. None of the occupants of the car were wearing seat belts, and all five occupants sustained injuries.

The officer in the State Police car was wearing his seat belt and was not injured in the collision. Authorities charged the female driver with DWI, a flashing red signal violation and a seat belt violation. A news report indicates that toxicology tests are still pending.

While not all of the details surrounding these DWI charges are yet clear, the some defendants facing such charges may choose to be proactive in choosing a criminal defense. There are two sides to every story, and like all accused in our state, this woman will have the opportunity to tell her side in a court of law. Choosing what steps to take after being charged with a crime can seem complicated, but with the right help and a little perseverance, the process can be navigated toward the best possible outcome.

Source:, “Woman charged with DWI after crash with officer,” Nov. 14, 2012

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