Conviction of a first DUI (sometimes referred to as Driving While Under the Influence -- DWUI) in Wyoming will result in criminal and administrative penalties.
First offense DUI/DWUI arrests require mandatory administrative license suspension of at least ninety (90) days. Treatment or substance abuse assessment is not a prerequisite towards reinstatement of license for first offense DUI cases in Wyoming.
If a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC ) is higher than .15 in a first offense arrest, the driver may be subject to six (6) months of mandatory ignition interlock device following reinstatement of license. Drivers with BAC lower than .15 may still be subject to ignition interlock device mandates, pending the case-specific nature of their case, but Wyoming criminal statutes do not mandate interlock device use for first offenders
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.
Conviction of first offense DUI/DWUI in Wyoming carries no minimum mandatory incarceration period, but convicted drivers can face potential periods of incarceration up to six (6) months for the misdemeanor offense. The penalty is six months to a year if a child 16 or under is in the vehicle.
Drivers convicted may also be subject to fines of $750, which depending on the case-specific sentence, may be in lieu of incarceration or alongside incarceration. Fines do not account for expenses incurred during completion of sentence, such as probation visits, alcohol assessments, or ignition interlock devices, if applicable
Convictions of first offense DUI in Wyoming influence sentencing in future DUI convictions for a period of ten (10) years
Wyoming does not prohibit reduction of DUI charges to lesser criminal offenses. Likewise, defendants in DUI cases are free to work towards outright dismissal of the charges, as well as negotiate favorable plea bargain deals with prosecutors. All of these activities should be done only in light of the case-specific nature of each DUI case, alongside the representation and insight of a Wyoming DUI lawyer.