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  • DUI & DWI in Wyoming

    Perhaps one of the worst decisions we can ever make as responsible drivers is to get behind the wheel after a night out on the town where we imbibed a few too many intoxicating beverages. We may not even be in any condition to make a rational judgment anyway, let alone operate a vehicle.

    Yet with a feel-good high and a sudden sense of nothing-can-go-wrong immortality, we hop in and fool ourselves. Many of us have faced this grim choice, usually after a night of fun or even an afternoon barbecue. But when it comes down to it, we should not even consider driving home a viable option.

    It should be off the plate instantly if there is any chance of you being pulled over and sending your life on a frantic rollercoaster ride though the justice system. Besides, cabs are always around―especially if you reside in one of the larger towns like Cheyenne, Casper, or Cody.

    If not, just chalk it up as a learning experience and hoof it home. The fresh air and exercise will be a welcome feeling. And most likely it is not too far, since most accidents happen when we are about one mile from home.

    You can also always get a ride with a sober driver, call home to be picked up, or stay where you are until you're fit to drive. You might not only save your own life but the life of some innocent person that just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    DWUI Definition

    In Wyoming, you will hear the offense of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs referred to as a DUI and a DWUI. This depends on what department you are in contact with. Regardless of what it is called, both of these acronyms mean the same thing: driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or exceeding 0.08%.

    If you decide to plead not guilty in court and fight your arrest, you will probably want to hire an attorney who specializes in DWUI cases. Considering how much you have to lose if you are convicted (see below), it could be worth the attorney's fees to try for a reduction in the charges or a dismissal. Many DUI attorneys offer a free initial consultation―it's worth a phone call.

    Suspensions at the Time of Arrest

    Administrative Per Se: If you fail the roadside sobriety test or blow a 0.08% or more in the field, the chances are pretty high that you will be arrested at that point. Depending on the officer's tendencies or discretion, you may have to fork over your driver's license before you are read your rights and cuffed. Yes, you will be handcuffed. Face it, you will be under arrest and headed to jail.

    Other officers will wait until processing at the jail before taking your driver's license. Either way, it will be gone from your possession for a while. If you are convicted of the DWUI, the suspension will shift to a DWUI Suspension. The Administrative Per Se Suspension already served will be credited to the DWUI Suspension.

    DWUI Penalties

    1st offense:

    • Jail time: Up to 6 months.
    • Fine: Up to $750.
    • License suspension: 90 days.

    2nd offense (within 10 years):

    • Fine: Between $200 and $750.
    • Jail time: 7 days mandatory behind bars; possible jail time of up to 6 months.
    • License suspension: 1 year.

    3rd offense (within 10 years):

    • Fine: Between $750 to $3,000.
    • Jail time: 30 days mandatory; possible jail time of up to 6 months. Individual must undergo alcohol assessment.
    • License suspension: License will be revoked for 3 years.

    4th offense (within 10 years):

    • Fine: Up to $10,000.
    • Jail time: Up to 7 years.

    We hope you never need one, but a DWUI attorney can help you understand these penalties as well as what you can expect in court.

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