First Offense DUI in North Dakota

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A first DUI conviction in North Dakota results in criminal penalties (jails, fines, etc.) as well administrative remedies (license suspension).

Administrative Penalties

  • license suspension of 91 days if blood alcohol content (BAC) is 08% - .17%; license suspension of 180 days if .18% or greater
  • Reinstatement contingent upon completion of alcohol/drug assessment and obtaining SR-22 coverage, but for first offenders, ignition interlock devices are not required, unless specifically ordered at discretion of the courts
  • Refusals to submit, under implied consent laws in North Dakota, result in automatic one (1) year license suspension for first offense

Criminal Penalties

How Much Will it Cost?

To get an idea of how much a first offense DUI will cost you, see our article on the cost of a DUI.

  • There is no mandatory minimum period of incarceration for first offense DUI convictions in North Dakota, although defendants face possibility of incarceration pending the case-specific nature of each offense. 
  • A first offense is a Class B misdemeanor
  • There is a $500 fine if BAC below .16
  • Two days imprisonment and $750 fine if .16 or greater
  • Addiction evaluation required

Getting Legal Help

The state of North Dakota does not expressly prohibit pleading down of DUI charges into lesser criminal or non-criminal, traffic offenses, if applicable. Defendants, upon the advice of legal counsel and in light of case-specific elements, are free to negotiate favorable plea agreements with prosecutors. For more information, consult with a North Dakota first DUI lawyer to learn more.

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