It can be much easier than you think to violate Arkansas DUI laws by miscalculating your ability to drive after drinking alcohol. The costs of a drunk driving conviction are high, financially and personally, since Arkansas DUI/DWI convictions remain on your driving record for five years.
One of the most important aspects of being a responsible driver is to know when not to get behind the wheel. You may think that one or two drinks won’t affect your driving skills, but depending on many other factors, that may not be true. If you haven’t eaten anything in the hours before consuming alcohol, a smaller amount can make a big difference in how your responses are affected. Unfortunately, a couple of drinks can be enough for you to test over the BAC limit if you’re pulled over.
If you take OTC or prescription medications, the affect of alcohol or other drugs can be compounded. Recreational drugs, whether legal or illegal, also affect your reaction time and judgment. And you can be pulled over for such innocent actions as drifting over your lane in traffic, not using headlights and windshield wipers together when it’s raining, making abrupt stops, or accelerating quickly.
Basic information about Arkansas DUI laws:
The BAC (blood alcohol concentration) limit in Arkansas is 0.08% or higher for drivers age 21 years or older, 0.02% for those younger than 21, and 0,04% for anyone who drives a commercial vehicle.
Anyone with an Arkansas driver’s license is automatically bound by the Arkansas Implied Consent Law. This means that you agree to take a BAC or drug test if an officer pulls you over for any reason, and suspects you of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. If you refuse to be tested, your license will be automatically suspended for 180 days. A second or subsequent refusal to be tested results in longer license suspension times.
Penalties under Arkansas DUI laws include license suspension and separately, possible misdemeanor or felony criminal charges depending on the circumstances. Arkansas DUI penalties can be more severe if there are children in the vehicle, or if injury or death occurred in the DUI/DWI incident. The length of time your license will be suspended is based on the number of DUI violations.
First DUI or DWI offense: 6 month license suspension
Second DWI within 5 years: 2 year license suspension
Third DWI within 5 years: 2-1/2 year license suspension
Fourth DWI within 5 years: License permanently revoked
License reinstatement after violation of Arkansas DUI laws:
For Arkansas license reinstatement, you may first have to complete a drug and alcohol education or drug/alcohol treatment program, and pay a reinstatement fee of $150. You will also have to buy Arkansas SR22 insurance and keep it in effect for the period of time required by the state.
More information related to Arkansas DUI laws can be found on the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) website and in these articles on our website:
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