DWI Laws in Louisiana:  FAQs about DWI Laws in Louisiana 

Sep 2, 2020

DWI Laws in Louisiana:  FAQs about DWI Laws in Louisiana

If you are looking for a DWI attorney in Louisiana, it is crucial that you choose an experienced, knowledgeable DWI attorney that will fight for your rights. There are often many questions associated with DUI/DWI cases in Louisiana, which is why we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about DWI laws in Louisiana to help inform and educate drivers. 

What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI?
These two acronyms are commonly confused. This is understandable, as different states use different acronyms for the charge. In Louisiana, DWI and DUI are the same crime. DWI is the term used to describe impaired or drunken driving in Louisiana. 

Can you still be charged with a DWI if your BAC level is below the threshold?
Yes- you can still be charged with a DWI if your BAC is below 0.08 in Louisiana. DUI, or Driving Under the Influence, refers to the driver's behavior, while DWI, or Driving While Intoxicated, refers technically to the blood alcohol content (BAC) which is determined after an alcohol test is given to the driver.  In Louisiana, an officer who has reason to believe you are acting under the influence can still arrest you, even if you blow below the threshold. This typically happens when the officer suspects you have combined alcohol with other substances. 

How long does a DUI stay on your driving record in Louisiana?
In the state of Louisiana, it takes a minimum of ten years before a DWI can come off your record. This is commonly referred to as a ‘cleansing period.’

What is the penalty for a DWI in Louisiana?
A DWI is considered a misdemeanor in Louisiana. DWIs, also referred to as DUIs or OUIs,  carry a maximum penalty of six (6) months in jail and a fine of up to $1000.00. There are differing penalties depending on if it is your first offense or not, as well as differing penalties based on your BAC. The penalties are made harsher as one goes from a first to a second, to a third, to a fourth offense for DWI.  In addition to potential jail time and fines, these types of crimes have implications with regard to your driver's license and may cause a suspension of your driving privileges.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI in Louisiana, give our trusted criminal defense attorneys at Rozas & Associates a call. Our team of experienced DWI attorneys work in all the Louisiana courts and have a successful record of defending DWI charges in Louisiana. Get in touch with our team today for a free consultation. 

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