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Case in neighboring state shows severity of DUI conviction

Residents here in Louisiana hardly need reminding of how severe DUI penalties can be in our state. Aside from paying hefty fines, drivers can also lose their driving privileges as well. But as the old saying goes, we often learn more about our own laws by looking at those in other states. That's why we wanted to take a look at a case out of neighboring state this week and see how seriously other states take drunk driving accusations.

In a Lafayette County Courthouse this month in nearby Mississippi, a 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated DUI after being charged with two counts of aggravated DUI because of a 2012 wreck. According to police reports, the 22-year-old man was driving while under the influence when his vehicle crossed the centerline and crashed into another vehicle. The charges held him responsible for the deaths of the other car's two occupants, a brother and sister from Maryland.

Blood tests taken after the crash are said to have revealed multiple substances in the 22-year-old's bloodstream including marijuana and Valium. During the sentencing this month a judge gave the man 25 years in prison, 13 of which were suspended. He is also required to complete a rehabilitation program and serve five years of probation as well.

While Mississippi may have different laws concerning DUI convictions than Louisiana, it's important to point out that if such a case had occurred here, similar sentencing could have been reached. And along with the criminal litigation, the 22-year-old could still face civil litigation as well in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit, which is something that could also happen here as well. All of which can require the help of a skilled attorney to sort out.

Sources: The Clarion Ledger, "Man pleads guilty to aggravated DUI in 2012 death of Ole Miss students," Sept. 23, 2013  

WREG News, "Student Gets 12 Years For Double DUI Accident," Dennis Tuner, Sept. 23, 2013

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