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Please find, below, selected case laws decided by Supreme Court of Louisiana or Court of Appeals of Louisiana where the terms dui, dwi, drunk driving, or driving under the influence has been mentioned. These cases are not necessarily criminal cases and may include cases where the facts or court decision merely mentions drunk driving related legal terms. You are not to rely on these cases as legal advice nor should you rely on them for accuracy. Please see Terms of Service.

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State v. Pickard - 12/14/2005
Before GASKINS, CARAWAY & PEATROSS, JJ. Defendant, Dennis Dion Pickard, was charged with driving while intoxicated, third offense. After a bench trial, Defendant was found guilty as charged and the trial court imposed a...

State v. Harper - 12/14/2005
Before GASKINS, CARAWAY and PEATROSS, JJ. Following a bench trial, the defendant, Winford Eugene Harper, Jr., was convicted as charged of DWI, Fourth Offense. He was sentenced to 10 years at hard labor, with all but 60 days...

State v. Chestnut - 11/29/2005
Panel composed of Judges James L. Cannella, Marion F. Edwards, and Susan M. Chehardy AFFIRMED Harold C. Chestnut, Jr. appeals his conviction of DWI-third offense. We affirm. The defendant was charged with violation of...

State v. Lemoine - 11/29/2005
Panel composed of Judges Edward A. Dufresne, Jr., Clarence E. McManus, and James C. Gulotta, Pro Tempore REVERSED AND REMANDED FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS. The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office filed a bill of...

State v. Runyon - 11/2/2005
Court composed of Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Chief Judge, Michael G. Sullivan, and Elizabeth A. Pickett, Judges. AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS. Dustin Runyon and Joel McDonald were...

Otwell v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. - 10/26/2005
Before WILLIAMS, STEWART and DREW, JJ. Plaintiffs, Michael Otwell and Karen Otwell, filed suit after their minor son, Cory Dale Otwell, was killed in an automobile accident. Plaintiffs now appeal the judgment of the trial court...

State v. Tomlinson - 10/6/2005
Panel composed of Judges James L. Cannella, Clarence E. McManus, and James C. Gulotta, Pro Tempore FINDING AS HABITUAL OFFENDER AND ENHANCED SENTENCE VACATED The Defendant, Derrick Dwayne Tomlinson, appeals from his finding...

State v. Watson - 9/21/2005
Before WILLIAMS, GASKINS and CARAWAY, JJ. The defendant, James Watson, was charged by bill of information with driving while intoxicated, fourth offense, in violation of LSA-R.S. 14:98. After the trial court denied the...

State v. Garrison - 9/8/2005
Before BROWN, STEWART and CARAWAY, JJ. STEWART, J., dissents with written reasons. Robert Paul Garrison pled guilty to DWI Third Offense reserving his right to appeal the rejection of his motion to suppress evidence. State...

Gates v. Honey - 8/19/2005
Before BROWN, CARAWAY and MOORE, JJ. In early 1996, the pick-up trucks driven by Wanda Honey and Larry Gates were involved in a collision in Gates's lane of travel on a state highway. Honey had consumed alcohol and smoked...

State v. Couvillion - 7/26/2005
Panel composed of Judges Edward A. Dufresne, Jr., Susan M. Chehardy, and Walter J. Rothschild AFFIRMED On March 14, 2002, the St. Charles Parish Grand Jury issued a bill of indictment charging defendant, Calvin Couvillion,...

Holden Business Forms Co. - 7/8/2005
Before WILLIAMS, DREW and MOORE, JJ. LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport (LSUHSC-S) and Dr. Anthony Tran appealed a judgment ordering them to repay payments received for medical treatment of $72,918.43 and $23,219.15,...

In re Shadoin - 6/24/2005
ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS The Office of Disciplinary Counsel ("ODC") commenced an investigation into allegations that respondent violated Rule 8.4(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct based on his convictions for...

State v. Roe - 6/1/2005
Court composed of John D. Saunders, Oswald A. Decuir, and Marc T. Amy, Judges. AFFIRMED. REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS. The defendant pled guilty to one count of aggravated second degree battery in violation of La.R.S....

LeBlanc v. Baxter - 5/31/2005
Panel composed of Judges James L. Cannella, Thomas F. Daley, and Walter J. Rothschild AFFIRMED AND REMANDED Defendant, the Parish of Jefferson (the Parish), appeals from a judgment in an automobile accident case in favor of...

Cardella v. Robinson - 5/13/2005
Before STEWART, GASKINS and DREW, JJ. The plaintiff, Charles P. Cardella, appeals from the granting of summary judgment in favor of the defendants. The trial court found that a driver who allowed his intoxicated adult passenger...

State v. Magee - 5/6/2005
Before: GUIDRY, GAIDRY, and McCLENDON, JJ. The defendant, Dennis L. Magee, was indicted by a Washington Parish Grand Jury in October 2001, for three counts of aggravated rape, in violation of La. R.S. 14:42. The crimes took place...

In re Gaudin - 4/22/2005
ON APPLICATION FOR REINSTATEMENT Petitioner, Pierre F. Gaudin, Jr., was suspended from the practice of law for eighteen months, retroactive to his February 2, 2000 interim suspension, stemming from his conviction of one count of...

State v. Doucette - 4/6/2005
AFFIRMED WITH INSTRUCTIONS. In this case, the defendant, Devrin Doucette, appeals his conviction of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense, in violation of La.R.S. 14:98. For the following reasons, we affirm with...

State v. Crenshaw - 4/6/2005
Before WILLIAMS, PEATROSS & DREW, JJ. A unanimous jury found Dennis Laine Crenshaw ("Defendant") guilty of two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of first degree vehicular negligent injuring, arising out of a traffic...

State v. Bailey - 4/6/2005
CONVICTION REVERSED AND SET ASIDE; APPELLANT ACQUITTED. Amy, J., dissents and assigns written reasons. FACTS On May 30, 2003, shortly after 9:00 p.m., an automobile driven by the defendant struck an automobile driven...

State v. Presson - 4/6/2005
The defendant, Steven Michael Presson, appeals his conviction for driving while intoxicated, fourth offense. He claims that the evidence was insufficient to sustain his conviction due to entrapment. For the following reasons, we affirm...

In re Laurent - 4/1/2005
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel ("ODC") commenced an investigation into allegations that respondent violated Rule 8.4(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct based on his convictions for driving while intoxicated. Prior to the...

In re Lafont - 4/1/2005
Upon review of the findings and recommendation of the hearing committee and the disciplinary board, and considering the record, briefs, and oral argument, it is ordered that Henry J. Lafont, Jr., Louisiana Bar Roll number 8094, be...

State v. Curry - 12/15/2004
The state originally charged John Willie Curry with fifth offense DWI ("driving while intoxicated"), but accepted his guilty plea to DWI, fourth offense, with a further agreement that the defendant would receive a ten-year hard labor...

State v. Williams - 12/13/2004
Defendant, Allen Scott Williams, was charged with hit-and-run driving under LSA-R.S. 14:100. Following a bench trial, the trial court found defendant guilty and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment at hard labor. The court of appeal...

State v. Lokey - 11/30/2004
This is defendant Paul Lokey's second appeal. Here, Lokey argues that the State failed to prove that he waived his right to a jury trial, and that the five-year home incarceration sentence was excessive. Because we find merit in his...

State v. Cowden - 11/30/2004
On November 25, 2003, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney filed a bill of information charging defendant, Jo E. Cowden, with third offense DWI in violation of LSA-R.S. 14:98(D). Defendant was arraigned on December 16, 2003 and pled not...

State v. Alexander - 11/17/2004
REVERSED; ACQUITTAL ORDERED. On April 18, 2001, at 6:30 a.m., Michael Alexander shot and killed Frederick Victorian. He was charged with manslaughter in violation of La.R.S. 14:31(A)(1). Following a bench trial, Mr. Alexander was...

Green v. City of Shreveport - 10/27/2004
In this appeal, the tutors of the two minor plaintiffs failed to timely pay the estimated costs of appeal following an adverse judgment dismissing the plaintiffs' claims against defendants. The trial court dismissed the tutors' appeal...

State v. Gill - 10/13/2004
Jefferson W. Gill appeals his conviction of vehicular homicide, a violation of La.R.S. 14:32.1, contending the evidence is not legally sufficient to support the verdict. We affirm the judgment, amending only by removing the words "as a...

State v. Collins - 10/12/2004
The Defendant, Christopher Collins, appeals from his two convictions of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (DWD), fourth offense, and operating a vehicle while his license was suspended, and his respective sentences For the reasons...

State v. Benoit - 9/28/2004
The Defendant, Tenna J. Benoit, appeals from his conviction of third offense driving while intoxicated (DWI). We affirm the conviction and remand. On March 6, 2001, the Defendant was charged with third offense DWI, a violation of La.R.S....

State v. Jones - 9/24/2004
Disposition: Trial Court's Judgment, Finding of Guilt, and Sentence Stand. This court has considered the appeal of defendant-appellant, Daniel Jones, en banc, and all twelve of the judges of this court have participated....

State v. Picard - 9/17/2004
The defendant, Greg Picard, was charged by bill of information with driving while intoxicated (DWI), fourth offense, a violation of La. R.S. 14:98(E). He pled not guilty and moved to quash the bill of information. The trial court denied...

State v. Taylor - 8/18/2004
Defendant, Allen DeWayne Taylor, was convicted of DWI, fourth offense, after a bench trial. The court denied timely-filed motions for new trial and post-verdict judgment of acquittal, then imposed a sentence of 15 years at hard labor, with...

State v. Campbell - 7/6/2004
This criminal cases concerns whether La.Rev.Stat. 14:98 prohibits the State from adjudicating repeat DWI offenders as habitual offenders under La.Rev.Stat. 15:529.1. The district court granted the defendant's motion to quash and dismissed...

State v. Deville - 7/2/2004
The state seeks review of a judgment in the district court granting defendant's motion to quash the bill of information charging him with third offense Driving While Intoxicated [D.W.I.] on grounds that one *690 of the prior convictions...

State v. Expunged Record (#) 249 - 7/2/2004
In conclusion, we hold that appellee, the party challenging the constitutionality of the statute, has failed to meet his stringent burden of proving that LSA-R.S. 44:9(B)(1) does not meet a valid state purpose, under the minimal...

State v. Durio - 5/26/2004
PUBLISHED AFFIRMED AS AMENDED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS. Defendant, Todd Durio, pled guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), third offense, in violation of La.R.S. 14:98. Defendant was sentenced to five...

State v. Adair - 5/26/2004
AFFIRMED AND REMANDED Defendant, Michael Adair, filed this criminal appeal seeking review of his sentence. For reasons that follow, we affirm. Adair was charged with negligent homicide in violation of La. R.S. 14:32.1(2) as...

State v. Deville - 5/14/2004
Defendant, Donald Deville, was charged by bill of information with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, third offense, a violation of La. R.S. 14:98D. Defendant entered a plea of not guilty and filed a motion to quash the bill of...

Wingfield v. State through Department of Transportation and Development - 5/14/2004
On August 6, 1994, a tragic and fatal accident occurred west-bound on the I-10 approach to the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. An eighteen-wheeler, driven by Kenneth Clark, hit the guard rail, jackknifed, and rolled...

State v. Vaughn - 5/14/2004
The defendant, Billy G. Vaughn, was charged by bill of information with one count of fourth offense driving while intoxicated (DWI-fourth offense), in violation of LSA-R.S. 14:98. Defendant pled not guilty. Thereafter, defendant filed...

State v. Holladay - 5/12/2004
Defendant, James C. Holladay ("Holladay"), was charged with DWI (third offense), following an automobile accident involving two vehicles. He was tried by jury in the Fourth Judicial District Court, Parish of Ouachita, Louisiana, and...

State v. Parker - 4/14/2004
The issue presented in this case is whether the ameliorative changes in Louisiana's habitual offender law, La. R.S. 15:529.1, apply only to those cases in which the defendant commits the charged crime after the effective date of the...

State v. Robinson - 4/14/2004
Defendant was convicted in the 9th Judicial District Court, Parish of Rapides, George Metoyer, J., of four counts of first degree murder in violation of La. R. S. 14: 30. This is a direct appeal from the aforementioned convictions and...

State v. Bennett - 4/7/2004
James Craig Bennett ("Bennett") appeals his conviction of driving while intoxicated, fourth offense. He was sentenced to ten years at hard labor, all but 60 days suspended and Bennett was placed on 5 years active probation and 5 years...

City of Broussard v. Watkins - 3/31/2004
PUBLISHED REVERSED AND REMANDED. In this case, the defendant, Michael Watkins, appeals the decision of the district court which suspended his occupational license for fifteen days. For the following reasons, we reverse the...

State v. Figueroa - 3/31/2004
PUBLISHED CONVICTION AFFIRMED; SENTENCE VACATED; REMANDED FOR RE-SENTENCING. The Defendant, Jose Figueroa, was charged by bill of information on July 29, 2002, with manslaughter, a violation of La.R.S. 14:31. The Defendant...

State v. Alexander - 3/30/2004
CONVICTION AND SENTENCE AFFIRMED; CASE REMANDED The Defendant, David Alexander, appeals from his conviction of being a principal to a armed robbery and his sentence to 25 years imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of...

State v. Miller - 3/3/2004
Following a shooting that occurred in his apartment, the defendant was charged with second degree murder of an acquaintance. He was tried and convicted by a jury and sentenced to the mandatory punishment of life in prison without...

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Noyes - 2/23/2004
The insurer of the named insured/defendant in a personal injury action appeals a judgment holding that the 2001 amendment to LSA-R.S. 32:900(L), which authorized the exclusion of a named insured from coverage, was not retroactive. For...

State v. Frisella - 2/23/2004
REVERSED AND REMANDED Defendant, Kirk A. Frisella, appeals his conviction of driving while intoxicated, third offense, a violation of LSA-R.S. 14:98(D)(1). Defendant pled guilty to the charge pursuant to State v. Crosby, and...

State v. Volgamore - 1/28/2004
Application for rehearing may be filed within the delay allowed by Art. 922, La. C.Cr.P. The defendant, Kevin R. Volgamore, was charged by bill of information with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, fourth offense, a...

State v. Blackburn - 1/28/2004
Application for rehearing may be filed within the delay allowed by Art. 922, La. C.Cr.P. The defendant, Walter Blackburn, Jr., was charged by bill of information with DWI, 4th offense, a violation of LSA-R.S. 14:98. The state...

State v. Eugene - 1/27/2004
CONVICTION AND SENTENCE AFFIRMED. On October 18, 2000, the St. John the Baptist Parish Grand Jury issued a bill of indictment charging defendant, Laura Eugene, with second degree murder, a violation of LSA-R.S. 14:30.1. At the...

State v. Woodhead - 1/27/2004
AFFIRMED Defendant, Albert Woodhead, appeals his conviction for second degree murder. For the following reasons, defendant's conviction is affirmed. On June 8, 2000, a Jefferson Parish Grand Jury returned an indictment...

State v. Hughes - 12/31/2003
PUBLISHED Thibodeaux, J., Dissents and assigns written reasons. AFFIRMED. Defendant, Carol M. Hughes, pled guilty to negligent homicide, a violation of La.R.S. 14:32 and was sentenced to the maximum term of...

State v. Nabak - 12/30/2003
Defendant, Michael W. Nabak, appeals his conviction of driving while intoxicated, third offense, a violation of LSA-R.S. 14:98(D)(1). Michael Nabak pleaded guilty to the charge under State v. Crosby [FN1] and assigns as error the trial...

State v. Masters - 12/17/2003
Defendant, James Andrew Masters, pled guilty as charged to one count of DWI, fourth offense, a violation of La. R.S. 14:98 punishable, under the circumstances of this case, by imprisonment at hard labor for not less than 10 years nor more...

Hope v. City of Shreveport - 12/17/2003
GASKINS, J., concurring with reasons. The plaintiff, Donald Brent Hope, appeals the dismissal of his claims of malicious prosecution and defamation stemming from his arrest for driving while intoxicated ("DWI") by D.W. Ramsey, an...

In re Boudreau - 12/3/2003
This disciplinary matter arises from one count of formal charges filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel ("ODC") against respondent, Raymond Earl Boudreau, Jr., an attorney licensed to practice law in Louisiana but currently on...

State v. Blanchard - 11/12/2003
CONVICTIONS AND SENTENCES AFFIRMED; CASE REMANDED Defendant, Davin Blanchard, pled guilty to one count of driving while intoxicated (DWI) third offense, a violation of La. R.S. 14:98(D), and one count of first degree vehicular...

Clark v. State - 11/12/2003
AFFIRMED Plaintiff, Ronnie G. Clark, appeals an adverse judgment of the trial court in this personal injury suit against the State of Louisiana, through the Department of Public Safety and Corrections (D.P.S.&C;), and the...

State v. Warfield - 10/29/2003
Clarence Eugene Warfield was convicted of simple burglary, adjudicated as a fourth felony habitual offender, and sentenced to life imprisonment without benefits. Defendant appealed his conviction, adjudication and sentence. We affirm. ...

State v. Carcamo - 10/28/2003
The State of Louisiana appeals the trial court's grant of defendant Carlos Carcamo's Motion to Quash. We affirm. On January 4, 1999, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office filed a Bill of Information charging defendant...

Ray v. City of Bossier City - 10/24/2003
PEATROSS, J., concurs. MOORE, J., dissents with written reasons. DREW, J., dissents. The trial court granted defendants' motions for summary judgment and summarily dismissed plaintiffs' claims. For the following...

State v. Granier - 9/30/2003
AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED IN PART; AND REMANDED Defendant, Willis Granier, appeals his conviction of driving while intoxicated, fourth offense. Granier entered a plea of guilty under State v. Crosby, 338 So.2d 584 (La. 1976),...

State v. Bell - 9/26/2003
Defendant, John Curtis Bell, was charged with DWI (third offense) following a traffic stop of the vehicle he was allegedly driving on November 25, 1999. At the time of his arrest, La.R.S. 14:98 provided that the penalty for DWI (third...

In re Rome - 9/25/2003
ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS These consolidated disciplinary matters arise from two sets of formal charges filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel ("ODC") against respondent, Gerald A. Rome, an attorney licensed to...

Gravley v. State Farm Insurance Co. - 7/29/2003
REVERSED In this wrongful death action, defendant, State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), appeals a decision by the trial court that found it 50% liable for damages sustained in the automobile...

Zapata v. Cormier - 6/27/2003
This is an action for wrongful death filed on behalf of the minor children of a bar patron who, after leaving the bar, was struck and killed by an automobile while crossing a highway to his vehicle. The trial court subsequently granted...

Freeman v. Tate - 6/4/2003
PUBLISHED AFFIRMED. Cooks, J., dissents and assigns written reasons. Woodard, J., dissents. As addressed by Judge Cooks, there are numerous material facts in dispute, anyone of which should preclude summary judgment. ...

Woodbury v. Louisiana Dep't of Transportation and Development - 5/28/2003
AFFIRMED Following a lengthy bench trial in this single vehicle accident case, the trial court rendered judgment in favor of plaintiffs and against the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development ("DOTD"). Both...

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