You are DUI/DWI in Arkansas if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or greater. DUI (driving under the influence) is the term that refers to charges for drivers under 21 who had a BAC of .02% to .08%. DWI (driving while intoxicated) generally refers to the adult offense.
If you get a ticket for driving while intoxicated, you must apply for a hearing within seven days or your license will be automatically suspended 30 days from the date of arrest.
DWI First Offender Penalties
One day to one year in jail. The court may order public service instead of jail.
A fine of $150 up to $1000 fine plus court costs of $300.00.
120 days suspension if your BAC was under .08. Six months for drugs.
Under some circumstances, you can get a restricted license for work or school purposes.
180 days suspension. If court orders an interlock restricted license, then the suspension period for which no restricted license will be available is a minimum of 90 days.
If your BAC was over .18% the court will sometimes order an ignition interlock device (at your expense) to prevent you from driving your car if you have any alcohol in your system.
Education / Treatment
You will be required to complete an alcohol education program which will cost $50.00. You will be evaluated and may be ordered to submit to in-patient alcohol treatment if your history indicates the necessity.
You are DUI if you had any alcohol at all in your system, and are subject to adult penalties (see above).
You insurance rates will probably climb considerably, and your insurance carrier may drop you. Often increases are $1500 a year. The rates for family members and sometimes your employer can increase as well.