According to the Louisiana State Police, Meraux woman was struck and killed by an allegedly impaired driver in St. Bernard Parish on March 10 around 8:30 p.m. The incident occurred to the west of Judy Street on Louisiana 46 as the driver was headed east on the road in a 2008 Mazda 3. The pedestrian, who was crossing the road in Meraux when she was struck, was rushed by emergency personnel to a New Orleans hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The driver was reportedly cooperative and submitted to a breath test, which revealed that her blood alcohol content was above the legal limit. Officers took the driver into custody on charges of driving with an expired license, careless operation of a vehicle, DUI, and vehicular homicide. Police are continuing their investigation of the incident.
A person convicted on serious charges such as DWI and vehicular homicide may face severe penalties, including time in prison, hefty fines, mandatory alcohol education, community service, restricted driving privileges, and probation. In addition, individuals who have a DWI conviction on record may face setbacks in their careers and personal lives.
In some situations, a medical condition such as diabetes or acid reflux disease might result in a false positive on a breath test. An attorney may look for such mitigating circumstances or other issues, such as improperly maintained testing equipment, in order to develop a defense strategy on a defendant’s behalf. Information such as the police report and a defendant’s recollection of events may help an attorney create a solid DUI defense argument.
If the defendant and attorney agree that the state’s evidence may be solid enough to win a conviction, a plea bargain might be another option. If the defendant acknowledges that he or she might have an addiction problem and is actively seeking treatment, the prosecutor might be willing to reduce the penalties or combine some of the charges. Alternatively, the defendant may agree to plead no contest or guilty as part of a plea deal.