Can Sleeping in Your Car Drunk Get You a DWI in Louisiana?

With the holidays and carnival fast approaching, this is good information. Look, we’ve all gotten overwhelmed at some point. And nobody wants to go back and get their car the morning after because they had too much to drink the night before and had to ride with a friend or take an Uber, but drinking and driving is illegal in Louisiana. Also, not only could you hurt yourself, you could hurt someone else too, and that would be damn hard to live with, especially during the holidays. There comes a question…

Do you get a DWI in Louisiana for drunk sleeping in your car?

The answer is yes, you absolutely can get a DWI in Louisiana for drunk sleeping in your car. And I find it interesting that when discussing this question with a friend, the topic came up as to whether or not the keys were in the ignition of the car, and then whether the keys were even in the car. That’s the deal. It doesn’t matter where the keys are in Louisiana because it seems like you had intentions to drive. Well, a good lawyer can argue about almost anything, so if you want to read more about it I suggest checking out Just to be clear, I am not providing the link to encourage drinking and driving, I want you to see how serious the law is about this.

So, how about just stopping and sleeping in your car because you’re tired, taking alcohol or other substances out of the equation? The reason I mention this is because I’m inherently cheap. When I’m out, I stop at a well-lit grocery store and get 40 winks instead of paying for a hotel. is this legal According to, “Louisiana’s rest stops are open 24 hours a day, and you can sleep in your car there day or night.” They also say that some business lots allow you to sleep in your car, but I recommend asking first.

Good luck, be safe and for love, get a designated driver!

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