Though drunk driving is always illegal, the fines, jail time and other ramifications that you could face if you are convicted are going to vary from one state to the next. Therefore, you must know exactly what these look like in Wyoming if you are ever arrested on DUI charges. You also need to know your legal rights and options, as there may be legal steps you can take to defend yourself in court. A strong defense case can be built, especially if you and your legal team start working on it right away.
Since your BAC is so important, you should know what constitutes a drunk driving arrest in Wyoming. If you are 21 or older, your BAC must be at 0.08 or higher to be arrested. If you are underage, though, you can be arrested with a BAC that is at or over just 0.02. If you are a commercial driver, regardless of your being over 21, you can only have a BAC that is under 0.04.
As noted, you need to know your rights when it comes to a DUI arrest, and one of those rights is the right to refuse a breath test. If you do this once, you automatically lose your license for a term of six months. A second or third offense will cause you to lose it for 18 months. However, this is an option if you don't want to take the test.
In some states, the ramifications for a DUI charge are laid out in a general tiered system that considers three convictions, with penalties that are more harsh for each consecutive conviction. Wyoming does this as well, but then takes things a step further, also offering ramifications for a fourth conviction.
To start with, if you are arrested and convicted for the first time, you may not face jail time at all, but you could face a max of six months behind bars. The maximum fine is $750, and you could also have your license taken away for 90 days. If your BAC is below 0.15, you are not going to need to use an ignition interlock device, but you will if it is at or above that level.
A second conviction is going to get you at least seven days in jail, with the max again set at six months. The fines now start at $250, but they go up to the same max of $750. Your license may be taken away for the whole year, though, and you will need to use the ignition interlock device.
Your third conviction would get you a minimum of one month in jail; the max, yet again, is six months. There could be a big jump in fines, though, with a minimum of $750 and a max of $3,000. You have to use the ignition interlock system, and your license will be suspended for a full three years.
Now, for that crucial fourth conviction, Wyoming stipulates that you could serve up to two years behind bars. You could also get as much as $10,000 in fines, and a license suspension that varies at the discretion of the judge. When you get the license back, you have to use the ignition interlock device for the rest of your life.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified drunk driving lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local drunk driving attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.