Lake Charles man pled guilty to 4th DWI - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles man pled guilty to 4th DWI

By KPLC Staff:

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's office says a Lake Charles man pled guilty to a 4th offense of DWI. The DA's office tells 7 News, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs deputies arrested Michael W. Dubuse while driving under the influence on September 27, 2009.

According to Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office, previous DWI convictions on Dubose were from 2004-2007. Dubose still faces an additional DWI 4th offense charge from an arrest in Beauregard Parish. Judge Robert Wyatt ordered a pre-sentence investigation and will sentence Dubose on November 13th at 0900 AM. 

The district attorney's office provided a copy of the Louisiana law regarding the sentence for DWI 4th and subsequent DWI offenses is below:

Louisiana Revised Statue, Title 14:98

E.(1)(a)  Except as otherwise provided in Subparagraph (4)(b) of this Subsection, on a conviction of a fourth or subsequent offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and regardless of whether the fourth offense occurred before or after an earlier conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than ten years nor more than thirty years and shall be fined five thousand dollars.  Seventy-five days of the sentence of imprisonment shall be imposed without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.  The court, in its discretion, may suspend all or any part of the remainder of the sentence of imprisonment.  If any portion of the sentence is suspended, the offender shall be placed on supervised probation with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, division of probation and parole, for a period of time not to exceed five years, which probation shall commence on the day after the offender's release from custody.

(b)  Any offender placed on probation pursuant to the provisions of this Subsection shall be required, as a condition of probation, to participate in forty eight-hour days of court-approved community service activities and to submit to and complete either of the following requirements:

NOTE:  Item (i) effective until July 1, 2010, upon approval of the implementation plan submitted by the secretary of the Dept. of Health and Hospitals to the House and Senate committees on health and welfare.  See Acts 2009, No. 384, §7.

(i)  To immediately undergo an evaluation by the Department of Health and Hospitals, office for addictive disorders to determine the nature and extent of the offender's substance abuse disorder and to participate in any treatment plan recommended by the office for addictive disorders, including treatment in an inpatient facility approved by the office for a period of not less than four weeks followed by outpatient treatment services for a period not to exceed twelve months.

NOTE:  Item (i) effective July 1, 2010, upon approval of the implementation plan submitted by the secretary of the Dept. of Health and Hospitals to the House and Senate committees on health and welfare.  See Acts 2009, No. 384, §7.

(i)  To immediately undergo an evaluation by the Department of Health and Hospitals, office of behavioral health to determine the nature and extent of the offender's substance abuse disorder and to participate in any treatment plan recommended by the office of behavioral health, including treatment in an inpatient facility approved by the office for a period of not less than four weeks followed by outpatient treatment services for a period not to exceed twelve months.

(ii)  To participate in substance abuse treatment in an alcohol and drug abuse program provided by a drug division subject to the applicable provisions of R.S. 13:5301 et seq. if the offender is otherwise eligible to participate in such program.

(c)  In addition to the requirements set forth in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph, any offender placed on probation pursuant to the provisions of Subsection E of this Section shall be placed in a home incarceration program approved by the division of probation and parole for a period of time not less than one year nor more than the remainder of the term of supervised probation.

(d)  If any offender placed on probation pursuant to the provisions of Subsection E of this Section fails to complete the substance abuse treatment required by the provisions of this Paragraph or violates any other condition of probation, including conditions of home incarceration, his probation may be revoked, and he may be ordered to serve the balance of the sentence of imprisonment, without credit for time served under home incarceration.

(2)(a)  In addition, the court shall order that the vehicle being driven by the offender at the time of the offense be seized and impounded, and be sold at auction in the same manner and under the same conditions as executions of writ of seizure and sale as provided in Book V, Title II, Chapter 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(b)  The vehicle shall be exempt from sale if it was stolen, or if the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation was not the owner and the owner did not know that the driver was operating the vehicle while intoxicated.  If this exemption is applicable, the vehicle shall not be released from impoundment until such time as towing and storage fees have been paid.

(c)  In addition, the vehicle shall be exempt from sale if all towing and storage fees are paid by a valid lienholder.

(d)  The proceeds of the sale shall first be used to pay court costs and towing and storage costs, and the remainder shall be forwarded to the Council on Automobile Insurance Rates and Enforcement for its use in studying other ways to reduce drunk driving and insurance rates.

(3)(a)  An offender sentenced to home incarceration during probation shall be subject to special conditions to be determined by the court, which shall include but not be limited to the following:

(i)  Electronic monitoring.

(ii)  Curfew restrictions.

(iii)  Home visitation at least once per month by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for the first six months.  After the first six months, the level of supervision will be determined by the department based upon a risk assessment instrument.

(b)  The court shall also require the offender to obtain employment and to participate in a court-approved driver improvement program at his expense.  The activities of the offender outside of his home shall be limited to traveling to and from work, church services, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, or a court-approved driver improvement program.

(c)  Offenders sentenced to home incarceration required under the provisions of this Section shall be subject to all other applicable provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure Article 894.2.

(4)(a)  If the offender has previously been required to participate in substance abuse treatment and home incarceration pursuant to Subsection D of this Section, the offender shall not be sentenced to substance abuse treatment and home incarceration for a fourth or subsequent offense, but shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than ten nor more than thirty years, and at least three years of the sentence shall be imposed without benefit of suspension of sentence, probation, or parole.

(b)  If the offender has previously received the benefit of suspension of sentence, probation, or parole as a fourth offender, no part of the sentence may be imposed with benefit of suspension of sentence, probation, or parole, and no portion of the sentence shall be imposed concurrently with the remaining balance of any sentence to be served for a prior conviction for any offense.

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