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Rs 32:57.1 Failure To Honor Written Promise To Appear; Penalty; Disposition Of Fines

§57.1. Failure to honor written promise to appear; penalty; disposition of fines

A. Whenever an arrested person who was released on his written promise to appear

before a magistrate at the place and time specified in a summons described in R.S. 32:391(B)

fails to honor his written promise to appear, the magistrate or judge of the court exercising

jurisdiction shall immediately forward to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections

notice of the failure to appear, with information necessary for identification of the arrested

person. Thereupon, unless the original charges have been disposed of, the Department of

Public Safety and Corrections shall immediately notify the arrested person of suspension of

his operator's license and the imposition of a fifty-dollar fee, regardless of the disposition of

the original charge. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections likewise shall inform

the arrested person that his operator's license cannot be renewed or reissued until the

forwarding court exercising jurisdiction certifies that he had honored the appearance promise

or paid an appropriate fine for the offense as determined by the forwarding court exercising


B. Whenever the arrested person makes an appearance as required by Subsection A

hereof or pays an appropriate fine for the offense committed, as determined by the court, the

prosecuting authority shall immediately notify the Department of Public Safety and

Corrections thereof. Upon such notification and payment of an additional fifty dollars to the

department, the operator's license of the arrested person shall be renewed or reissued for the

purpose of this Section. Twelve dollars and fifty cents of the additional fine imposed by this

Section shall be paid to the court exercising jurisdiction, to be deposited in that court's

criminal court fund and to be used in the same manner as the other sums deposited in said


C. If after sixty calendar days from the date of the notification issued by the

Department of Public Safety and Corrections as required in Subsection A of this Section the

arrested person has failed to comply, the fees provided for in this Section shall be considered

final delinquent debt.

Added by Acts 1978, No. 301, §2. Amended by Acts 1980, No. 779, §1; Acts 1984,

No. 763, §1; Acts 1988, No. 180, §1; Acts 1995, No. 114, §1; Acts 2003, No. 966, §1; Acts

2015, No. 414, §1.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802