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On behalf of Craig E. Gibbs, Attorney at Law posted in drunk driving on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Louisiana is one of eight states across the country that allow attachment of ignition interlock devices to vehicles even if the person is a first-time offender of drunk driving. This is a considerably serious provision, as not only is an ignition interlock device costly to install, it also prevents the driver from having a preset alcohol limit (even within a legal limit) while driving.

What is an ignition interlock device? It is a device that is attached to the vehicles ignition system and prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver’s blood alcohol level is above a certain limit. It is basically an in-car alcohol breath-screening device. In Louisiana, a refusal to submit to a chemical test to determine the blood alcohol content of a driver when they are arrested for a first or second time offense can even become grounds for requiring one of these devices. In addition to this, if someone is convicted of a DUI/DWI and their blood alcohol content is higher than 0.20 and this is their first offense, they will have a restricted driver’s license for the entirety of their two-year sentence and must have a functioning device installed in their vehicle within the first 12-months of their suspension.

Not only does the ignition interlock device have a startup cost in addition to a substantial monthly fee, it must be installed in any and all vehicles the convicted drunk driver drives. This can add up to a substantial monthly set-back. In addition to this, having a suspended license for an extended period can make it difficult to get around-bus and taxi fares add up, making it difficult to make ends meet.

There are a number of reasons drunk driving charges should be taken seriously from the onset and only some of them have been mentioned above. There are, however, a number of ways through which one can defend themselves and protect their rights and an experienced attorney may be able to help guide Louisiana residents through the process.

Tags: Drunk Driving

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