In some ways, the lights atop a police car can appear festive when they flash. During the holiday season, police car lights might even remind you of a Christmas tree. But there is no doubt that when a police car lights up in your rear-view mirror, it causes a sinking feeling. If you were drinking before getting behind the wheel of your vehicle, being pulled over by Lake Charles police can mean that you will face arrest for drunk driving, jail time, fines, mandated installation of an ignition interlock device and more.
The goal of the statewide highway enforcement program known as LACE (Local Agency Compensated Enforcement) was three-pronged: it helped Calcasieu Parish and other jurisdictions enforce traffic laws, while also generating revenue and enabling state troopers to earn overtime pay.
Even young people with good jobs sometimes find themselves in legal trouble. Often that trouble comes in the form of a DUI arrest, which, depending on the circumstances, could threaten your livelihood.
Believe it or not, but the holiday season is rapidly approaching. That means it will be time to get together with your Lake Charles friends and family to enjoy conversation, laughter, football and big meals.
Lake Charles fans of pro basketball have likely traveled to New Orleans to see the Pelicans play. One of this season's most interesting NBA teams promises to be the Boston Celtics. The team's revamped line-up includes power forward Marcus Morris, who is finally joining the team after missing the early preseason to attend an aggravated assault trial with co-defendant and twin brother Markieff.
Most Lake Charles residents have been to New Orleans at least once. Just across the Mississippi River from the Crescent City's uptown area and Audubon Park Zoo sits the town of Westwego.
If you drive east of Lake Charles on I-10 and then head south around Crowley, you will soon arrive in Abbeville. The Vermillion Parish seat is home to a 25-year-old man recently arrested on child pornography charges.
Many people mistakenly assume that a young person who receives a misdemeanor conviction can just undergo the legal penalty and go on with his or her life. Unfortunately, even minor convictions at a young age can come back to haunt your child.
If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 3 and a half hours, you will come to Ouachita Parish. The area is home to the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge and a portion of the D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge. It is also where law enforcement officials recently carried out multi-jurisdictional raids that resulted in more than 110 arrests.
Whether you have been out enjoying some drinks with friends or simply had a few drinks with dinner, you run the risk of getting pulled over by a law enforcement officer if you drink and drive. Officers often use roadside breath tests to determine whether a driver has been drinking. These breath test devices measure the drivers’ blood alcohol content level by evaluating the amount of alcohol that is present in an exhaled breath sample. The problem lies in the fact that when the BAC levels obtained from a breath sample are compared to those from an actual blood test, there are significant differences. According to the State University of New York at Potsdam, these readings may differ by 15 percent.