Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

Louisiana has relatively strict DUI laws

If you are at all familiar with DUI laws, you probably know that the laws vary from state to state in many different aspects. There are some aspects of DUI law that are ubiquitous across all states, such as the minimum BAC level of 0.08, but there are far more aspects, such as the punishments for a conviction, that vary greatly.

When you compare some of the aspects of DUI law for every state, you may be surprised to see that Louisiana is one of the less tolerant states when it comes to DUI. For example, all of our neighboring states have a zero tolerance BAC level of 0.02, but in Louisiana, zero tolerance truly means zero tolerance. Even if your BAC is 0.01, it is too much if you are underage. Additionally, while some states allow as much as a 0.20 BAC before the penalties for DUI are enhanced, Louisiana is tied for the lowest threshold of enhanced penalty at 0.15.

What this means for you as a Louisiana resident is that there is very little lenience when it comes to a DUI conviction. State officers will do all that they can to enforce the law, and even the slightest error can have severe consequences. For example, if a Breathalyzer is improperly calibrated and leads to an underage driver who is completely sober registering anything on the machine, that driver will likely be facing serious penalties.

If you are accused of driving under the influence in Louisiana, it is extremely important for you to speak with a defense attorney as soon as possible. Legal counseling and quick action by you can be the difference between a conviction with severe legal consequences and being acquitted of a crime that you were never guilty of.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Need Help From An Experienced Team Of Trial Attorneys?

Use the form below to contact our attorneys directly. Contact us right now.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Our lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience and are AV-rated* under Martindale Hubbell's peer review rating system.

*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

8048 One Calais Avenue | Suite A | Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3483 | Phone: 225-250-1812 | Fax: 225-769-0195 | Baton Rouge Criminal Law Office