Car Breathalyzer Devices, also called Ignition Interlock Devices (IID), are a small device that is about the size of a cell phone. The device is connected to your vehicle’s ignition system. You can find your local ignition interlock installer below.
Information on Louisiana DWI and Ignition Interlock Laws
When you are arrested for a DWI in Louisiana your license can be suspended in two different ways:
Administrative Per Se: The Louisiana DMV takes action on your license only. This happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one. Your license is confiscated immediately upon arrest and you are given a 30-day temporary driving permit. If you wish to challenge your suspension, you must do so within 15 days. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will be suspended for six months. There can be other administrative penalties for DWI, apart from ones levied by the courts.
Judicial Action: This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement. Louisiana administrative and judicial cases are separate and must be dealt with separately. It is possible that you are not convicted of DWI in court, but will still face administrative suspension. Penalties are higher if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 2.0 or higher upon arrest. An ignition interlock is required for a 1st offense if your BAC was 2.0 or higher or for 2nd and subsequent offenses. When your license is suspended, if you need to drive for work purposes, you can apply for a hardship license. In order to obtain the license after a DWI conviction, you must have an ignition interlock device installed.
Louisiana Ignition Interlock Resources
- Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles: https://www.expresslane.org/Pages/default.aspx
- Requirements for hardship licenses vary, so call the Louisiana Office of Motor vehicles at 225-925-6146 to determine if you are eligible for a hardship license.
- You may need various documents to apply for your hardship license, including SR-22 proof of insurance, your completed LifeSafer interlock lease agreement, a recommendation from support services, and a court order.
- Take your required documents to a Louisiana Motor Vehicle Field office to obtain your hardship license.
How much does an interlock cost in Louisiana?
Louisiana residents pay around the national average for an ignition interlock (IID), which is $3 per day. Why you might be inclined to find a better deal in the Bayou State, LifeSafer is the most trusted option.
Every situation and state is unique, please consult with your attorney or your state licensing authority to confirm your requirements and obligations.
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