DWI and administrative license suspension in LouisianaDrivers in the state of Louisiana can be arrested and charged with drunk driving if they are operating a motorized vehicle and their ability to do so safely has been impaired by alcohol or drugs. Drivers may also be arrested for DWI or driving while impaired if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher.
Drivers charged with DWI may face two types of penalties: administrative and criminal. The criminal penalties and charges for a first time DWI arrest and conviction are processed through the Louisiana criminal court system and can include a misdemeanor charge, 2 days to 6 months in jail, fines up to $1,000 and a license suspension of 90 days. Under Louisianas Implied Consent laws, drivers can also face administrative penalties for refusing to submit to a breath, blood or urine test or submitting to the test and having a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit. The blood alcohol concentration test should be done as soon as possible after the DWI arrest, and the police officer has the right to determine which test you must take.