Laws and penalties for driving under influence of alcohol(DUI)

It is illegal in all 50 states and Washington, DC drive with a content of alcohol in the blood (BAC) of .08 or higher. This is known as DUI (Driving Under the Influence-Driving under the influence) in some states and as DWI (Driving While Intoxicated-Driving while intoxicated) in others. The penalties for this vary from state to state, but typically involve a time in prison, fines and / or suspension of the license.


In most states simply driving while intoxicated is a crime in itself, regardless of whether you have caused other problems such as accidents, and no matter if the police stop you driving improperly or some other problem, as a molten light. In these states, you can face charges of “DUI per se,” which means that you have violated the law because you drove with a BAC greater than 08.


Driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to other charges related to your poisoning. In most states, it is illegal to possess an open container of alcohol driving. Also, if you are involved in an accident, you can be fined for causing harm to others while you were driving under the influence of alcohol. If you kill someone in an accident when you’re drunk, can I be charged with second-degree murder or manslaughter? In some states, you can be charged with a specific crime of “being drunk driving causing death.”


A penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol varies by state and may include prison time, fines, withdrawal of your vehicle and loss of license. In many states, people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol must install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their cars. This device functions as a breathalyzer, and prevents the car from starting if your BAC is the legal limit. Many states are more lenient with the first time, and many provide lighter penalties or criminal judgments replaced with community service or AA meetings.

Special situations

Some states establish more serious punishment for drunk driving in special situations; for example, if there was a child in the car with the drunk driver. In some states, laws are also more severe for those who have had more than one penalty. In Michigan, for example, the third time (although not have an accident) is considered a crime and can be jailed for up to five years.

Young drivers

Many states have strict laws for drunk drivers under age. Normally the BAC legal limit for minors is only 02 instead of 08. You can also worry related charges, including taking if you’re underage, illegal possession of alcohol and giving alcohol to minors (if they are in the car). Penalties may include fines, jail time, community service, drug education classes and rejection of your license for up to three years.