Criminal Defense


Mr. Champagne defends all types of felony charges, including drug charges and violent crimes. The importance of filing proper motions is essential to assure your Constitutional rights are protected. After theses motions are filed, the State has the burden to prove proper procedure was followed from the time of your arrest to the disposition of the matter. If the proper motions are not filed, your rights are not being properly protected. Mr. Champagne assures that all proper motions are filed and sufficient responses are received.


Mr. Champagne defends all types of misdemeanor charges, including simple battery, possession of marijuana, and domestic violence. As is the case with felonies, proper pretrial motions are essential in protecting your Constitutional rights. In misdemeanor cases, you are entitled to a trial before a judge. The State bears the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that you did in fact commit all of the elements of the crime you are charged with.

Traffic Tickets

The arresting police officer is required to follow proper procedures in all traffic stops. Radar devices are required to be calibrated and documented periodically to assure their accuracy and authenticity. All of these issues must be taken into consideration when looking at traffic violations.


DWI laws are constantly changing due to the stringent lobbying in the Louisiana Legislature. As a result of these changes, Mr. Champagne is constantly researching and studying the amendments and modifications to protect his client’s best interest.

A 1st or 2nd DWI is a misdemeanor. However, a 3rd or 4th DWI is a felony. In order for the State of get a conviction on a 2nd, 3rd or 4th DWI, it has the burden of proving that the prior convictions were done appropriately. If these prior convictions were not proper, then the State cannot use them for enhancement purposes on the new charge. Proper motions and hearings are absolutely necessary to ensure that your Constitutional rights are protected.

Mr. Champagne takes every measure to assure that the State meets its burden.

Bond Reduction

The purpose of a bond is to ensure that the arrested person will be present at all stages of the proceeding. There are many circumstances judges take into consideration in determining the reduction of an initial bond setting. This proceeding is very important because it plays a large role in determining whether the arrested person will remain in jail or be released.

Civil Forfeiture

Civil Forfeiture in a criminal arrest is becoming more and more of an issue after the arrest. It could be your vehicle, money, home and/or any other property which the State will allege is related to the criminal arrest. Proper pleadings and petitions are required to protect your best interest in all civil forfeiture cases. Mr. Champagne is fluent with these procedures and will explain them in detail at your consultation.

Substance Abuse

Most people who have been arrested for some sort of drug offense want and need help with their addictions. Mr. Champagne understands this and makes a diligent effort to get his clients the help they need so they may live a normal life. He works with Rehabilitation Centers, both inpatient and outpatient, as well as the Courts, to afford any and all rehabilitation available.


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