Arkansas DUI/DWI Laws

Learn the facts and penalties about DWI in Arkansas

In Arkansas, you can get a DWI if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, regardless of whether your driving ability was actually impaired. And the law in Arkansas says that if you are driving a vehicle, you have given consent to submit to a chemical test for the purpose of determining the amount of alcohol in your blood. Here are some details on the consequences of refusing to take a chemical test in Arkansas and other details about Arkansas DWI law.

First DWI Offense in Arkansas

First DWI offense in Arkansas

6-month driver's license suspension

Between one day and one year jail sentence

Community service

$150 - $1,000 fine

Second DWI Offense in Arkansas

Third DWI Offense in Arkansas

within 5 years) 30-month driver's license suspension 90 days - 1 year in jail sentence

Community service

$900 - $5,000 fine

How long will prior DWI convictions remain relevant for sentencing purposes in Arkansas?

In Arkansas, prior DWI convictions stay on your record (and can be counted against you when you are being sentenced for another DUI/DWI offense) for 5 years.

In Arkansas, the maximum blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers who are under 21 (considered minors under some drinking and driving laws) is .02% (or merely "under the influence," which could mean a BAC of less than .02%). Persons under 18 convicted of DWI will lose their license for an unspecified period of time.

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