Being arrested for a DWI or a DUI in the state of Louisiana can be a very confusing time for any individual. Below you will find some of the definitions of terms, abbreviations, and other legal jargon you may have heard during this process. It is important to talk to a qualified and educated attorney to answer any questions you may have regarding your case. A DWI conviction can have serious affects on you life. Let Attorney Carson Marcantel help you through this difficult time. Call his office today for a free consultation and to discuss your options today.

DEFINITIONS

The Department shall suspend the driving privileges of any person upon receiving satisfactory evidence of conviction for a charge of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Underage Driving Under the Influence (UDUI) as required under the laws of this state.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) – a conviction received from any District, City, Municipal, Federal or Magistrate court having traffic jurisdiction for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of beverages of alcoholic content with a BAC of .08 or above, of narcotic drugs, or of central nervous system stimulants.

Underage Driving Under the Influence (UDUI) – a conviction received from any District, City, Municipal, Federal or Magistrate court having traffic jurisdiction for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of beverages of alcoholic content with a BAC of .02 – .079 and under the age of 21 and the conviction date is prior to August 15, 2007. Any UDUI conviction received with a conviction date of August 15, 2007 or after will be processed as a DWI.

NOTE: Effective on convictions with a date of August 15, 2007, the 2007 Regular Legislative Session amends the existing law pertaining to the duration of the suspension periods. The duration of suspension periods is the same for all persons regardless of age.