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Louisiana man accused of DUI fatality in East Coast SUV crash

It is disorienting enough to be accused of a crime in the state where you live. The confusion and stress multiples when you are in an unfamiliar place. A Louisiana criminal attorney may not be able to represent you in another state's court, but it's likely he or she has strong legal contacts who can ensure your rights are protected.

Ten college students, including a 21-year-old Louisiana driver, were riding in a Chevrolet Tahoe along an out-of-state road, when the SUV crashed. Three East Coast university students were airlifted to hospitals. Three others received crash-site treatment; two more refused medical attention.

A 21-year-old female passenger was not wearing a seat belt when the SUV ran off the road and struck a stump. The car flipped over after impact, throwing the back seat passenger out of the car. The woman was dead by the time she reached a hospital.

Authorities accused the New Orleans driver of drinking and driving. Police said the student was jailed, after his arrest on charges of DUI and breath test refusal. Reports did not mention whether a bail hearing was scheduled.

A Baton Rouge resident facing out-of-state allegations will be charged and prosecuted in the state where an alleged crime occurred, which can make a defendant feel isolated and unprotected. The laws and handling of criminal proceedings may differ widely from state to state. The defense attorney who represents you must be licensed to practice law in the state where the charges originate.

Fortunately, defendants have legal rights no matter where an arrest, hearings or a trial takes place. Defense attorneys across the country share a common goal - to make sure a client is treated fairly under the law, including civil rights afforded to anyone accused of a crime. Negotiations for bail, charge and sentence dismissals or reductions improve immediate and long-term circumstances for defendants in every state.

Source: wfirnews.com, "W&L student killed in SUV crash; another student charged with DUI" Evan Jones, Dec. 03, 2013

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