Driving While intoxicated (Dwi)

What is a DWI and the possible consequences?

What is a DwI?

A DWI in Arkansas means operating a vehicle (or being in “actual physical control” on the roadways) while impaired on a controlled substance or with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher for people 21+ and .02 or higher for people under 21. 

consequences

for DWI

The punishments for DWIs range depending on how many offenses you have within 5 years.  

Other possible costs and impediments for DWIs include an increase on insurance premiums, being required to have an interlocking device in your vehicle, restricted driving privileges, etc. 

1st Offense

You can be fined $150-$1,000 and have to pay court costs. You can be given up to 1 year in jail, have your license suspended, be required to attend alcohol treatment, and be required to attend a MADD panel (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). 

2nd Offense (within 5 years)

You can be fined $400-$3,000 and have pay court costs. You can be given 7 days to 1 year in jail, have your license suspended, and be required to attend alcohol treatment and a MADD panel. 

3rd Offense (within 5 years):

You can be fined $900-$5,000 and have to pay court costs. You can be given 90 days to 1 year

4th Offense (within 5 years):

You can be fined $900-5,000 and have to pay court costs. You can be given 1 to 6 years in prison, have your license suspended, and be required to attend alcohol treatment and a MADD panel. The 4th offense within 5 years counts as a Felony.

5th Offense (and subsequent offenses)

5th Offense (and subsequent offenses) can come with mandatory prison sentences that increase with each conviction.

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