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Louisiana DWI DUI Laws

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The maximum prescribed legal BAC limit in Louisiana is 0.08% per se
(effective from Sep 30th 2003)

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Louisiana Drunk Driving Laws

(If you’ve been charged with Louisiana DUI, the law allows only 15 days for your Louisiana DUI Lawyer to make a request with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety for a hearing to save your driving license)

Louisiana is a member of the Interstate Drivers License Compact
An agreement between participating states to share information regarding certain types of convictions including DUI - DWI and related Drunk Driving offenses. If a resident of one state gets convicted of a drunk driving offense in another state, the driver's home state will be notified. The type of action that the driver's home state will take will vary from state to state.

Louisiana DUI DWI Laws and BAC limits

ALL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.08%
In the State of Louisiana it is crime for ANY driver to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.08% and above.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.04%
It is a crime for commercial vehicle operators to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.04% or above.

MINOR (under the age of 21) - BAC LIMIT = 0.02%
It is a crime for persons under 21 years of age to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.02% or above.

It can be an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Louisiana and implied consent laws are enforced.

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Penalties for DUI DWI - Drunk Driving in Louisiana

In Louisiana a five-year ‘washout period’ also known as a 'look back period'.

NOTE: OUT OF STATE CONVICTIONS
Under Louisiana state law, an alcohol related driving conviction in any other state, municipality or town which prohibits the operation of any motor vehicle while intoxicated, impaired or under the influence of alcohol shall constitute a prior conviction.

ENHANCED PENALTIES
Enhanced penalties which can result in increased minimum jail time, suspension/revocation periods, fines etc are implied in cases with aggravating factors such as:

1) Committing an offense with a BAC of 0.15 or higher
2) Committing an offense with a BAC of 0.20 or higher
3) Committing an offense while a minor 12 years of age or younger was in the vehicle


First DUI DWI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a first DUI DWI - drunk driving conviction in Louisiana:

  • Fine: $300 to $1,000 fine ($750 to $1,000 if BAC 0.20 or more)
  • Jail: 10 days to 6 months in jail
  • Driving License Suspension: 12 months (1 year) drivers license suspension (2 years if BAC 0.20 or more)
  • Restricted Drivers License: a restricted hardship driving license may be available immediately and an ignition interlock will be required for entire time of applicable suspension period or for at least 12 months if convicted with a high BAC of 0.20 or more
  • possible 32 hours community service
  • possible court approved substance abuse program
  • possible court improved driver improvement program
  • Louisiana SR22 insurance requirement

Second DUI DWI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a second DUI DWI - drunk driving conviction in Louisiana:

  • Fine: $750 to $1,000 fine
  • Jail: 30 days to 6 months in jail
  • Driving License Suspension: 24 months (2 years) drivers license suspension (4 years if BAC 0.20 or more)
  • Restricted Drivers License: a restricted hardship driving license may be available after 45 days and an ignition interlock will be required for entire time of applicable suspension period
  • possible 240 hours community service
  • possible court approved substance abuse program
  • possible court improved driver improvement program
  • (IID) ignition interlock restriction upon drivers license re-instatement
  • Louisiana SR22 insurance requirement

Third (and subsequent) DUI DWI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Felony

The penalty for a third DUI DWI - drunk driving conviction in Louisiana:

  • Fine: $2,000 fine
  • Jail: 1 to 5 year in jail (with or without hard labor)
    [home incarceration an option]
  • Driving License Suspension: 36 months (3 years) drivers license suspension
  • Restricted Drivers License: if enrolled on a DWI or sobriety program and in good standing with presiding judge will be eligible to apply for ignition interlock restricted hardship driving license after not less than 45 days of suspension period has been served
  • must complete substance abuse evaluation and treatment programs as required
  • possible court approved substance abuse program
  • possible court improved driver improvement program
  • possible seizure and sale of motor vehicle
  • (IID) ignition interlock restriction upon drivers license re-instatement
  • Louisiana SR22 insurance requirement

Implied consent LAWS

Implied Consent Chemical Testing

It can be an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Louisiana and implied consent laws are enforced.

Penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test in Louisiana

In Louisiana, if the accused refuses to take a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine, their drivers license may be suspended/revoked.


Chemical Test Refusal while not under arrest FOR DUI

Refusing to submit to a chemical test while NOT under arrest for DUI

Refusing a chemical test is an offense when a person IS NOT under arrest for DUI

AND


1) That person has refused to submit to such a test on two previous and separate occasions of such a violation; OR
2) A fatality has occurred in a crash; OR
3) A person has sustained serious bodily injury in a crash

Refusing to so submit to a chemical test under these circumstances while NOT under arrest for DUI will result in the following penalties:

  • Fine: $300 to $1,000 fine
  • Jail: 2 days to 6 months jail
  • possible 32 hours community service
  • possible court approved substance abuse program
  • possible court improved driver improvement program

Chemical Test Refusal while under arrest FOR DUI

Refusing to submit to a chemical test while under arrest for DUI

Refusing a chemical test is an offense when a person IS under arrest for DUI

AND

1) That person has refused to submit to such a test on two previous and separate occasions of such a violation;

Refusing to so submit to a chemical test under these circumstances while under arrest for DUI will result in the same penalties as those received for DUI.

An ignition interlock restricted hardship drivers license may be available immediately upon conviction of refusing a chemical test FOR THE FIRST REFUSAL OFFENCE ONLY.


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Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles in the state of Louisiana

The minimum mandatory liability insurance coverage required in the state of Louisiana for private passenger vehicles is (15/30/25). This equates to the following liability coverage:

  • $15,000 bodily injury liability (BIL) per person
  • $30,000 for two or more people in one accident
  • $25,000 property damage liability (PDL) coverage

What is (BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance?

(BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance coverage will pay for serious and permanent injury or death to other people when a crash is caused by the insured. An auto insurance company will pay for injuries up to the limits specified in an insurance policy and will provide legal representation for the insured in the event someone tries to sue them.

What is (PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance?

(PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance coverage pays for damages an insured driver or members of an insured drivers family cause (and are liable for) to other people's property in a crash involving a motor vehicle.

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Louisiana DUI cases tend to move quickly through the system, and there may be important deadlines that affect your right to assert certain defenses or call witnesses. It’s important that you understand the process your Louisiana drunk driving case will follow and the important requirements and deadlines before you take any action—but you can’t afford to delay.

Talk to a local Louisiana Drunk Driving Attorney as soon as possible to gather important information such as:

• What penalties do you face if convicted of DUI in Louisiana?
• What are the indirect penalties, such as increased insurance rates and diminished job opportunities in Louisiana?
• Does Louisiana have a mandatory ignition interlock device law?
• Was your breathalyzer or blood alcohol content (BAC) test properly administered in accordance with Louisiana laws and procedures ?
• When and how can you get your driver’s license reinstated in Louisiana?

It’s easy to make mistakes under pressure, so make sure that you have the information you need to make good, educated decisions during this process. Contact a local Louisiana criminal defense attorney specializing in Louisiana drunk driving laws today.

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Disclaimer: While every effort is made to keep all information up to date, the Louisiana drunk driving laws change frequently and the information provided on this web site should not be construed as legal advice, nor is it necessarily complete. Drinkdriving.org shall not be held responsible for any actions a person may take as a result of information gathered from this web site. Consultation with a local Louisiana DUI lawyer is recommended in all cases.

 

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Latest Louisiana DUI DWI News

Operation Dry Water patrols cite five for DUI - Louisiana Sportsman


Operation Dry Water patrols cite five for DUI
Louisiana Sportsman
In Louisiana, a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1 ...

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:40:19 GMT

Lee Creary Charged With DUI Manslaughter - WJHG-TV


The News Herald

Lee Creary Charged With DUI Manslaughter
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PANAMA CITY BEACH-- The local woman accused of killing a Louisiana teenager in a traffic crash this Spring is facing more charges. Panama City Beach Police have officially charged 50 year old Lee Creary with DUI manslaughter. She appeared before a ...
Woman charged with manslaughterThe News Herald

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:28:34 GMT

Lawmakers must get serious about passing ignition locks bill - Daily Local News


Lawmakers must get serious about passing ignition locks bill
Daily Local News
Officials from MADD claim drunken-driving deaths have decreased 24 percent in the last eight years due to improved DUI laws including all-offender interlock requirements. They say drunken-driving deaths in Oregon, Arizona, Louisiana and New Mexico ...


Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:23:12 GMT

MADD urges action to stop drunk driving - kmherald


MADD urges action to stop drunk driving
kmherald
Since New Mexico's interlock law was implemented in 2005, drunk driving fatalities are down by 38 percent. Since Arizona and Louisiana implemented their interlock law in 2007, drunk driving deaths have decreased by 43 and 35 percent, respectively.


Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:28:46 GMT

Interlocks on ignitions can save lives - The Reporter


Interlocks on ignitions can save lives
The Reporter
Officials from MADD claim drunken driving deaths have decreased 24 percent in the last eight years due to improved DUI laws including all-offender interlock requirements. They say drunken driving deaths in Oregon, Arizona, Louisiana and New Mexico have ...

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:17:31 GMT

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