Baton Rouge Felony DWI Lawyer
Facing Felony DWI Charges in Baton Rouge, LA?
You have been arrested for a felony DWI in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is a serious criminal charge that comes with harsh penalties if you are convicted. You are facing incarceration, heavy fines, and the loss of your driving privileges for years. Additionally, you could be put on probation and required to complete extensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment.
At Beall & Thies, LLC, we understand the seriousness of a felony DWI charge. Our Baton Rouge team has the legal knowledge and courtroom experience to aggressively represent you in court and fight for the best possible outcome. We know how to effectively challenge the evidence against you and hold the state to its burden of proof. If we cannot get your charges dropped, we can at least work to reduce the penalties you face.
What is Considered a Felony DWI in Louisiana?
In Louisiana, a DWI offense can become a felony under certain circumstances. Typically, DWI offenses are considered misdemeanors for first and second convictions. However, subsequent offenses or specific aggravating factors can elevate the charge to a felony.
The following are several examples of felony DWI offenses in Louisiana:
- Third or Subsequent DWI Offense: If an individual has two or more previous DWI convictions and is arrested for another DWI offense, it can be charged as a felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a maximum fine of $2,000.
- DWI with Serious Bodily Injury or Death: If DWI results in serious bodily injury or death to another person, the driver can be charged with a felony. DWI causing serious bodily injury carries a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to $2,000, while DWI causing death can result in imprisonment for up to 30 years and a maximum fine of $15,000.
- Child Endangerment: If a person is arrested for DWI while a child under a certain age (typically 12 years old) is present in the vehicle, the offense can be charged as a felony. Louisiana has strict laws to protect children in such situations. Not only can you face DWI charges, but also a separate charge of child endangerment.
Additionally, a felony conviction can have long-term consequences on various aspects of an individual's life, including employment opportunities, housing, and the right to possess firearms.
How Can We Help You?
The penalties for a felony DWI are severe, so you will need a strong advocate in your corner. Our firm can aggressively represent you in court and fight to have your charges reduced or dropped. In the unfortunate event that you are convicted, we can also help you appeal the verdict so you can minimize the penalties you face.
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Russell W. Beall
"Russell W. Beall is a founding partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Beall & Thies LLC. His main emphasis of practice is on Civil Litigation including Torts, Products Liability, and Premises Liability. Russell is a frequent guest speaker at Louisiana State University Law School where he participates in the Appellate Advocacy Program and the Professionalism Orientation. He earned his B.A. degree at Louisiana State University (1998) and his J.D Louisiana State University Law School (2001). Russell is an active member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at continuing legal education seminars."Read Full Bio
William W. Thies
"William W. Thies was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974 moving with his family to Slidell, Louisiana at seven years of age. Mr. Thies graduated from Slidell High School in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in history and political science from Louisiana State University in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in 2001. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May 2002. He is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, American Bar Associations, and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana, as well as the United States Supreme Court."Read Full Bio
"Jacob H. Thomas is originally from the Piney Hills of North Louisiana, known for producing great litigators such as Huey P. Long as well as several other notable statesmen on the both the federal and state levels.Read Full Bio
Jake is a graduate of Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Northwestern State University where he was a member of the Theta Mu chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the NSU Presidential Leadership Program, and the Inter-Fraternity Council serving as Vice President."
"Aaron Humphreys joined Beall & Thies, LLC as an associate attorney in the fall of 2016. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May of 2016. Aaron is also a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Justice."Read Full Bio
"George G. Caballero practices general civil law and focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury, wills, and successions. George joined Beall & Thies as of counsel in 2017 after starting Caballero Law Firm in 1993. Mr. Caballero has over thirty years of experience as an attorney and has served clients in various matters ranging from business and tort litigation, business, family law, and successions.Read Full Bio
Mr. Caballero is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Mississippi College School of Law. Upon graduation, he immediately went into the private practice of law, practicing in both Louisiana and Mississippi."
Jewel “Trae” E. Welch, III
"Trae is a lifelong resident of the Baker-Zachary area. Trae is the son of The Honorable Judge Duke Welch, currently presiding on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, and former East Baton Rouge Councilwoman, Roxson Welch. Trae is married to the former Lynn Caldwell of Tallulah, Louisiana. Together Trae and Lynn are raising their two children Quade and Vivian."Read Full Bio