22nd March 2017
North Dakota again ranks as one of the worst states for driving under the influence (DUI) arrests in the nation. According to FBI data on arrests by state, North Dakota holds the title for most number of DUI arrests per capita. In North Dakota, there are 678 DUI arrests made for every 100,000 residents.
By contrast, the average DUI arrest across the nation is about 289 arrests for DUI for every 100,000 people. Therefore, North Dakota’s DUI arrest rate is over twice the amount of the national average.
DUI Arrests in North Dakota
Certainly, these statistics matter because of the increased DUI enforcement seen in Watford City, Williston, Bismarck, Minot, and throughout the state. Obviously, North Dakota law enforcement agencies are committed to strictly enforcing drunk driving laws.
Aside from the criminal penalties involved in a DUI arrest, drunk driving puts everyone on the roads at risk. First offense DUI arrests may not carry jail time, but they will have a fine of between $500 and $1,500 plus court costs. Additionally, DUI convictions come with a mandatory DUI course and a license suspension for up to 180 days.
The penalties can be more severe if you have previously been arrested for a DUI or have a prior conviction. For example, penalties for a repeat offense DUI can include jail time, a longer license suspension, and fines up to $10,000.
Contact a North Dakota DUI Lawyer
Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced DUI defense attorney if you have been arrested for DUI. The attorneys of Sand Law have a proven process to defend our clients against DUI charges. You can contact Sand Law online or by phone at 701-609-1510.