Question from Tina, What are the DUI laws in Arkansas, and can a person obtain a hardship license?
Answer from AI:
Understanding DUI Laws in Arkansas
In Arkansas, driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense. The state has strict laws and penalties for DUI, which are primarily governed by the Arkansas DWI laws, codified in Arkansas Code Title 5. Criminal Offenses § 5-65-103.
The law states that it is illegal for a person to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or any other intoxicant. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% for drivers over 21, 0.04% for commercial drivers, and 0.02% for drivers under 21.
Penalties for DUI in Arkansas
The penalties for DUI in Arkansas vary depending on the number of previous offenses a person has within the past five years. For a second DUI offense, the penalties may include:
- A fine ranging from $400 to $3,000
- Jail time from 7 days to one year
- License suspension for 24 months
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- Alcohol education or treatment program
Obtaining a Hardship License in Arkansas
In some cases, a person whose license has been suspended due to a DUI may be eligible to apply for a hardship license, also known as a restricted driving permit. This permit allows the individual to drive to and from certain places, such as work, school, or alcohol education or treatment programs.
The eligibility for a hardship license is determined by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. According to their guidelines, a person may apply for a hardship license if they have not had a prior DUI conviction within the past five years, among other requirements.
Seeking Legal Advice
It’s important to note that this information is a general overview and may not apply to all situations. DUI laws can be complex and the consequences of a conviction can be severe. Therefore, if you are facing a DUI charge, it’s recommended that you consult with a legal professional who specializes in DUI cases in Arkansas. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific circumstances and help you understand your legal options, including the possibility of obtaining a hardship license.