Wyoming DUI Laws, Fines and Penalties

Learn about the penalties for a DUI conviction in Wyoming.

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What are the penalties for a DUI in Wyoming?


1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

4th Offense

Jail

Up to 6 months

7 days to 6 months

1 to 6 months

Up to 2 years

Fines and Penalties

Up to $750

$250 to $750

$750 to $3,000

Up to $10,000

License Suspension

90 days

1 year

3 years

Varies

IID** Required

Yes - if BAC .15
or above

Yes

Yes Yes - lifetime

Lookback Period: 10 years (Period of time that prior DUIs are relevant for sentencing. Also known as a “washout” period.)

**Ignition Interlock Device

How much do you have to drink (BAC*) for a DUI in Wyoming?

Under 21

.02%

21 or older

.08%

Commercial

.04%

** BAC = blood alcohol content

How many drinks does it take? Check the BAC chart.

You may want to try our BAC Calculator, however I wouldn't let any results encourage you to drink and drive.

What if you refuse to take a chemical test in Wyoming?

Wyoming has an implied consent law. That means that if you refuse to submit to a chemical test you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension. Learn more about Wyoming’s implied consent law.

 

1st Offense

2d Offense

3rd Offense

Refusal to take test

6 month license suspension

18 month license suspension

18 month license suspension

Disclaimer: We try to keep the information provided here up to date. However, laws often change, as do their interpretation and application. Different jurisdictions within a state may enforce the laws in different ways. For that reason, we recommended that you seek the advice of a local attorney familiar with DUI cases in your area.

Can you plead to a lesser offense than DUI in Wyoming?

A defendant might receive a "wet reckless," or a conviction of reckless driving involving alcohol, as a result of a plea bargain in which a charge of drunk driving is reduced to a case of reckless driving. There is no statutory provision on whether a wet reckless plea bargain will be accepted in Wyoming, but it's possible a lawyer may be able to create a plea bargain for you.

Drinking and Driving Laws in Wyoming

It is illegal in the State of Wyoming to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above. The .08 percent limit is the standard measurement used throughout the United States for the "impaired" driver. The State of Wyoming has lower BAC limits for drivers under the age of 21 (.02) and drivers of commercial vehicles (.04). Wyoming's drunk driving law also includes driving under the influence of controlled substances such as marijuana, stimulants, barbiturates, inhalants and other intoxicants.

How many drinks does it take to reach the legal limit in Wyoming? It is difficult to calculate how many drinks it takes to reach the .08 percent BAC limit. There are many factors that contribute to an individuals BAC level including weight, sex, body-fat percentage and the time interval between drinks. There are charts and calculators that can serve as a reference, however these tools do not take into consideration all variables that contribute to a BAC score. Some studies have show that a persons BAC could go up as much as .05 percent for each drink taken. The fact is it takes very little alcohol to become legally drunk and each drink taken is a another step closer to becoming an "impaired" driver.

The best answer is not to drink and drive. The State of Wyoming has strict laws for drunk driving, and when you drink and drive in Wyoming, you risk your freedom, finances and your future.

The first time you are arrested and convicted of drunk driving in the State of Wyoming your drivers license will be suspended for 90 days. You will also face up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to $750. The court will also order you to receive a substance abuse assessment prior to sentencing at your own expense.

The second time you are convicted of a DUI in Wyoming within 5 years of a previous conviction, you will serve a minimum of 7 days in jail or, up to 6 months in jail. You will be ordered to receive a substance abuse assessment conducted by a substance abuse provider that is certified by the department of health prior to sentencing at your own expense. You will also be fined up to $750 and your license will be suspended for a period of 1 year. You may be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle at your own expense. New 2009 - If you are convicted for a 2nd DUI offense, an ignition interlock device will be required for a period of 1 year.

A 3rd conviction for a DWUI in the State of Wyoming within 5 years of a previous conviction you will serve a minimum of 30 days in jail or, up to 6 months in jail. 15 days of your jail time may be suspended if you complete an inpatient treatment program approved by the court. You will be ordered to receive a substance abuse assessment conducted by a substance abuse provider that is certified by the department of health prior to sentencing at your own expense. You will also be fined from $750-$3,000 and your drivers license will be suspended for 3 years. You may be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle at your own expense. . New 2009 - If you are convicted for a 3rd DUI offense, an ignition interlock device will be required for a period of 2 years.

A fourth conviction for a DWUI in the State of Wyoming within 5 years of a previous conviction is a felony. You may serve up to 2 years in jail and fined up to $10,000. you will be ordered to receive a substance abuse assessment conducted by a substance abuse provider that is certified by the department of health prior to sentencing at your own expense. You may be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle at your own expense. New 2009 - If you are convicted for a 4th DUI offense, an ignition interlock device will be required for life. This may be petitioned after 5 years.

Updates on Wyoming DUI Penalties

Senate File 19 has been signed into law by the Governor of Wyoming. One of the notable changes in Wyoming DUI penalties is the number of years between offenses. In the past if you received a Second DUI Conviction within 5 years of a previous DUI conviction you would receive the more punitive Second DUI penalty. Beginning July 1st, 2010 that changes to 10 years from the previous conviction which extends by 5 years the more punitive measures between a first and second, second and third and so on.

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