Is DWI a Criminal Charge in Louisiana?

The answer is ‘Yes.’ It is commonly mistaken that DWI (DUI) is not a crime. It is a crime listed in the criminal statutes under La. R.S. 14:98. Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (DWI) is a misdemeanor upon the first and second convictions. However, it is a felony upon the third and subsequent convictions. The misdemeanor charge for DWI carries up to 6 months in jail.

A conviction for DWI has serious consequences. It can affect your driving record, employment, school, and insurance. DWI in  Louisiana is a serious charge.

If you or someone you know has received a charge for DWI, contact Carl Barkemeyer, Baton Rouge DWI Attorney, at (225) 964-6720.