What are the penalties for drunk driving in Arkansas?

By: LawInfo

A first time DUI/DWI conviction in Arkansas carries the following penalties:

·         Fine ($150-$1,000),

·         Minimum 120 day driver’s license suspension,

·         Jail Time (1 day to 1 year) or Public Service,

·         Possible ignition interlock device, and

·         Alcohol treatment or education program.

Penalties for a second drunk driving offense, within 5 years of the first, include:
                     ·         2 year driver’s license suspension,
                     ·         Alcohol treatment or education program,
                     ·         Fine ($400-$3,000),
                     ·         Possible ignition interlock device, and
                     ·         Jail time (7 days to 1 year).

A third drunk driving conviction, within 5 years of the first, will result in the following penalties:
                   ·         30 month driver’s license suspension,
                   ·         Alcohol treatment or education program,
                   ·         Fine ($900-$5,000),
                   ·         Jail Time (90 days to 1 year),
                   ·         Possible ignition interlock device, and
                   ·         Minimum 90 days of community service.

A fourth drunk driving conviction, within 5 years of the first, is considered a felony. Accordingly, you may face the following penalties:
                  ·         4 years suspended driver’s license,
                  ·         Alcohol treatment or education program,
                  ·         Fine ($900-$5,000),
                  ·         Jail Time (1-6 years),
                  ·         Possible ignition interlock device, and
                  ·         Minimum 1 year of community service.

Any subsequent drunk driving conviction, within 5 years of the first, will also result in a felony and even harsher penalties, including a lengthier jail sentence.

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