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What is the Louisiana ignition interlock device law?

Being pulled over for a DUI in Baton Rouge is a nerve-wracking occasion. A driver can feel nervous, scared and unsure of what to do. A person who is convicted of drunk driving can face various penalties, with one of them having an ignition interlock device installed in their car.

There are various reasons why a Louisiana driver who is convicted of drunk driving would be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car. First, if the driver has a blood alcohol content of more than .20, they will have a license suspension of a minimum of two years. This clearly has a significant impact on a person's personal and professional life, so the driver may be able to obtain a hardship license. This license would only be given if an ignition interlock device is installed in their car. Another reason why a driver may need an ignition interlock device installed in their car is if they refuse to take a chemical test at the time of arrest.

An ignition interlock device must be installed by an approved manufacturer. These can be expensive to install and subscribe to each month. A legal professional skilled in criminal defense can help their client navigate all of the legal complexities surrounding a DUI arrest. An attorney has the experience necessary to know what the laws are in Louisiana as they pertain to their client and their unique situation. They can help lessen the blow of a DUI arrest and maybe help reduce the serious penalties that can occur.

A DWI is a serious crime in Louisiana. Prosecutors and law enforcement aggressively prosecute those who are arrested for a DWI. A DWI conviction can tarnish a person's good reputation and be an embarrassing and inconvenient predicament.

Source: dpsweb.dps.louisiana.gov, "Ignition interlock as a condition of reinstatement", accessed on May 29, 2017

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