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Louisiana Drunk Driving Law

Highlights of Louisiana's OWI Law

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Updated April 23, 2007

Here are highlights from Louisiana law on operating a vehicle while under the influence (LRS 32:661). Click on the links for further explanation of the legal terms associated with drunk driving in Louisiana.

'Per Se' BAC Level: .08

Zero Tolerance BAC Level: .02

Enhanced Penalty BAC Level: .15

Implied Consent Law: Yes

License Suspension 1st Offense: 90 days

License Suspension 2nd Offense: 1 year

License Suspension 3rd Offense: 2 years

Mandatory Jail Time after 2nd offense: Yes

Mandatory Alcohol Education: No

Mandatory Assessment/Treatment: Yes

Possible Ignition Interlock: After 2nd offense

Possible Vehicle Confiscation: After 3rd offense

Hardship License while license suspended: After 30 days

Open Container Law: For driver and passenger

These are highlights of the main provisions of Louisiana law pertaining to drunk driving. Other factors can increase the penalties for drunk driving, such as if an injury or death occurred, or if a child was endangered.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Louisiana, contact an attorney in your area to determine you rights and responsibilities.

Source: LRS 32:661

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