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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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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.

 

Useful Louisiana DUI DWI Links:

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Latest Louisiana DUI DWI News

New 2015 laws aim to crack down on drunk drivers - WWL


WWL

New 2015 laws aim to crack down on drunk drivers
WWL
NEW ORLEANS - Several new laws are cracking down on drunk drivers. The new DWI laws took effect Jan. 1, which include more jail time for anyone caught driving under the influence. If you are caught drinking and driving in Louisiana, expect to pay the ...

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Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:52:30 GMT

Report: Pennsylvania must improve its highway safety laws - Main Line


Report: Pennsylvania must improve its highway safety laws
Main Line
According to the report: ?NHTSA research shows that IIDs reduce recidivism among both first-time and repeat [DUI] offenders, with reductions in subsequent [DUI] arrests ranging from 50 percent to 90 percent while the interlock is installed on the vehicle.


Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:29:08 GMT

New DWI laws for 2015 - KLFY


KLFY

New DWI laws for 2015
KLFY
A 2015 update to Louisiana DWI laws means more time behind bars for offenders. For example, up until now the first conviction of a DWI got the offender up to a $250 fine. The new law adds a minimum of ten days in jail, with 32 hours of community service.


Tue, 30 Dec 2014 03:48:08 GMT

New laws for 2015 crack down on drunk driving, smoking, and untested rape kits - WGNO


WGNO

New laws for 2015 crack down on drunk driving, smoking, and untested rape kits
WGNO
Also set to begin in 2015 is an update to the Louisiana DWI laws that include more time behind bars for offenders. Under the new law, first-time offenders may face a minimum of ten days in jail, with 32 hours of community service, and a second offense ...


Thu, 01 Jan 2015 02:43:00 GMT

NOPD officer suspended after DUI arrest - FOX 8 News WVUE-TV


NOPD officer suspended after DUI arrest
FOX 8 News WVUE-TV
Clouds will continue to build in as an upper low to the west kicks moisture up and over the area. A few scattered showers will begin early on Sunday. more>>. Clouds will continue to build in as an upper low to the west kicks moisture up and over the area.


Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:24:42 GMT

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