Wyoming DUI Laws, Penalties, and Defenses

Wyoming DUI Laws and Penalties

Driving under the influence is a very serious offense in Wyoming.

Even though this is still a frontier, the state has cracked down on drunk driving, so anyone picked up after drinking can expect to face some stiff penalties.

Wyoming DUI laws also apply to those who drive a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

If you have been arrested, you should be aware of the punishments you are facing.

A DUI can stay on your driving record for 10 years and the penalties will continue to increase if you are picked up for a second or third DUI.

Reach out to an experienced Wyoming DUI attorney as soon as possible to begin building your defense.

Wyoming DUI/DWUI Laws

The Wyoming DUI law can be found at WY Stat. § 31-5-233.

It defines DUI as driving or having “actual physical control” of a vehicle if:

  • The driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher; or
  • The driver is incapable of operating the vehicle safely and is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

As you can see, you can still face DUI charges with a BAC under 0.08% or even if your BAC is unknown, so long as you were not capable of operating the vehicle safely.

Overview of Wyoming DUI/DWUI Penalties

Wyoming’s punishments will depend on whether this is your first or a subsequent offense, as well as other factors.

For a first-time Wyoming DUI conviction, you can face:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to $750 in fines and penalties
  • Suspended license for 90 days

If this is your second Wyoming DUI conviction, you can face:

  • 7 days to 6 months in jail
  • Up to $750 in fines and penalties
  • Suspended license for a year
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

Punishments increase for a third Wyoming DUI conviction:

  • Between 1 and 6 months in jail
  • Up to $3,000 in fines and penalties
  • Suspended license for 3 years
  • Installation of an IID

For a fourth conviction, punishments go up even more:

  • Up to 2 years in prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines and penalties
  • License suspension of varying lengths
  • Lifetime installation of an IID

Like other states, Wyoming DUI Laws increase the punishment for certain aggravating factors, including:

  • Whether your BAC was very high (0.15 or higher)
  • Whether you hurt someone in an accident while driving under the influence
  • Whether you had someone under age 16 in the car with you

Any of the above is an aggravating factor that will increase the penalties you suffer.

How a Wyoming DUI/DWUI Attorney Can Help

It is important to realize that an arrest is not a conviction, and you might have defenses no matter how dire things look immediately after getting picked up.

For example, we might be able to fight your case by pointing out:

  • The officer had no probable cause to stop you, so the arrest is unconstitutional
  • The officer did not calibrate the breathalyzer properly
  • There is insufficient evidence to show you could not operate a vehicle safely

The best attorneys will build a defense based on the facts of your case.

To get started, please reach out to Cowboy Country Criminal Defense today.

We offer free consultations.

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