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North Dakota DUI Information

In North Dakota, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08%, or greater, is considered to be DUI.  First time offenders, who are categorized as being someone with no DUI or related charges during the previous 7 years, will generally not face any jail time unless his/her blood alcohol content was determined to be .15% or higher.  Offenders will, however, face fines ranging from $250.00 to $1,000.00.

First time offenders can expect to receive a license suspension ranging from 91 days to 180 days depending upon their blood alcohol content.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test, on the other hand, will face license suspension for one year regardless of the final determination of guilt or innocense.  For instance, even if the subject were later determined to be not drinking, he/she may still lose their license for simply refusing to be tested. 

North Dakota offenders may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.  In some cases, a work permit may be issued if the court feels the driver is not a threat to the general public.  This type of temporary license will allow the offender to drive to and from certain places, including work and/or treatment programs.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content of .02% or greater, will be subject to license revocation for a period of six months.  Anyone under 21 who also refuses to be tested will face the same license revocation, which is up to one year, as adults.  Individuals who are involved in a DUI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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