As in all states, North Dakota DUI laws and penalties reflect the seriousness of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It can be quite easy to be pulled over for suspicion of drunk or impaired driving. Law enforcement officers look for such driving behaviors as variation in speed, drifting into other lanes of traffic, unusual braking, not signaling a turn and driving without lights on at night. If convicted of a DUI offense, you can face both administrative and criminal penalties.
If your license has been suspended as the result of a drunk driving or impaired driving conviction, you will have to file a financial responsibility form known as North Dakota SR22 insurance to obtain a temporary restricted license (TRL). UltraCar Insurance specializes in providing SR22 insurance for license reinstatement.
North Dakota DUI Laws
BAC Level: You can be charged with DUI if you test at 0.08% or more, or 0.04% or more if you’re operating a commercial vehicle.
Zero Tolerance: Persons under age 21 caught operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.02% or above will have their license suspended for 91 days. A second offense within five years results in a 2-year suspension of driving privileges.
Distracted Driving: The NDDOT website has detailed information about distracted driving laws and penalties.
Implied Consent: If you possess a North Dakota driver’s license, North Dakota DUI laws require you to automatically consent to being tested for DUI. If stopped for suspicion of DUI and you refuse to test, your license can be revoked for 1 year and be ineligible for a restricted license. Longer revocations are imposed if you refuse a second or third time within 7 years of the first refusal.
Ignition Interlock: In extreme cases an ignition interlock device may be ordered by the court, if you are allowed a temporary restricted license.
North Dakota DUI Penalties
All DUI offenders will be required to undergo an Addiction Evaluation. Besides the penalties listed below, there are additional DUI charges with penalties for having a minor in the car, refusal to test, criminal vehicular injury and criminal vehicular homicide.
First DUI Offense: A first DUI or DWI offense is a Class B misdemeanor. Depending on the gravity of the charge and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), you will be fined, jailed for two days, and license suspension for 91 to 180 days.
Second or Third Offense: A second DUI offense within 7 years of the first conviction is considered a Class B misdemeanor; and a third offense within 7 years of the first is a Class A misdemeanor. Again, depending on the seriousness of the incident the penalties include higher fines, longer jail times one- to two-year participation in the state’s 24/7 sobriety program and lengthier license suspensions.
Fourth or Subsequent Offenses: If occurring within 15 years of the first offense, it is a Class C felony. Penalties are at least one year in prison and a $2,000 fine, mandatory participation in the state’s 24/7 sobriety program, two years probation and possible license revocation.
Additional details regarding penalties for drinking and driving are available on the North Dakota Department of Transportation NDDOT website.
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