First Offense DWI in Louisiana


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Fines: $300 to $1,000 fine ($750 to $1,000 if BAC 0.20 or more)

Jail time: 10 days to 6 months in jail.

Drivers License Suspension: 12 months drivers license suspension (2 years if BAC 0.20 or more).

In addition, it’s possible for a first offender to receive 48 hours to six months in jail. 

DWI penalties also include:

  • Offenders could end up spending over 6 months in prison or be asked to pay a fine of about $300 to over $1,000. On a number of occasions, the prison term may be suspended if the offender is placed on probation and has carried out the following; a minimum of 32 hours of community service, about 48 hours of jail time, take part in a substance abuse program that has been recommended by the court, and takes part in a proper driver improvement program or course. During this period of time, the court may ask an offender not to drive a car except on the condition that an ignition interlock has been installed in the vehicle.
  • Offenders could get about two years of probation, and in that period of time, they may or may not be allowed to drive their vehicles.
  • The court may ask the offender to take part in about three compulsory 30 hours of re-education programs. Attendance in these three programs is mandatory, and the offender is made to take an active part. The three programs are usually; driver improvement program, substance abuse, and MADD victim program.
  • The community service offenders may be asked to do would mostly be to pick garbage off the streets.

Special Penalties

  • If it is discovered that the BAC level of an offender is over 0.15%, then the offender would have to serve an additional 48 hours of jail time which unlike the other one mentioned earlier cannot be suspended for any reason.
  • In the event that the BAC level is over 0.20%, the offender would have to spend about 48 hours in jail and would be made to pay a fine of about $750 to over $1,000. Also, an ignition interlock system would have to be installed in the vehicle of the offender for two years.
  • If it is found out that a child endangerment law has been violated, a number of the jail sentences that have been listed cannot be suspended.

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