What Are The Consequences Of A DUI In Louisiana?

DUI and DWI laws in Louisiana are tough — the state imposes a jail sentence for most offenses involving driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, a skilled criminal defense attorney can get jail time waived or reduced through terms of probation. In addition to possible jail time, Louisiana DUI laws also include penalties such as driver's license suspension or revocation, fines, vehicle confiscation and a requirement to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.

At Doucet Law Firm in Lake Charles, we have successfully defended countless individuals facing DUI charges throughout Calcasieu Parish and Jefferson Davis Parish. With decades of experience and intricate knowledge of the criminal justice system, our lawyer, Blaine Doucet, is well-prepared to help dismiss charges or reduce penalties, protecting you and your future.

Consequences of a DUI in Louisiana include:

- Jail time: Up to six months in jail for first or second offense, and up to five years in jail for a third offense.

- Driver's license suspension or revocation: Driver's license suspended for up to one year for a first offense, up to two years for a second offense, and up to three years for a third offense. To reinstate your driver's license after suspension, you pay from $100 to $300.

- Fines or fees: In addition to the license reinstatement fee, a DUI conviction can come with a fine of up to $1,000 for first or second offense, and up to $2,000 for a third offense. Additional court costs could also add to your fines.

- Vehicle confiscation and home confinement: For a third offense, it is possible that your vehicle will be confiscated or you could be ordered to home confinement.

-Ignition interlock device: Sometimes as a condition for reinstating your driver's license, you must have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, requiring you to measure your blood alcohol content before starting your vehicle. This could also be a requirement for a hardship license.

-Other penalties include completing inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment, community service and enrolling in a driver improvement program.

-Additional DUI convictions past the third offense have harsher penalties: Longer jail time, permanent revocation of your driver's license and huge fines.

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