As a general rule, it is never a good idea to drive after you have consumed alcohol. In the state of North Dakota, you could be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if your blood alcohol level is .08% or higher. You can also be charged with DUI if a police officer believes that you’re under the influence of other controlled substances.

Signs of impaired driving

Officers will be looking for several clues that may indicate that you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol before initiating a traffic stop. For instance, if your vehicle is swerving in and out of its proper lane, that may indicate impairment. Other clues of impairment may include driving in the wrong lane or traveling at an inconsistent speed.

Enhanced penalties could apply

You could be required to pay a fine or spend time in jail if you’re convicted of drunk or impaired driving. Furthermore, you could be at risk of losing your driver’s license for up to 180 days for a first offense and up to three years for a third offense. However, if your blood alcohol content is above .17% at the time of a blood or Breathalyzer test, you could be subject to enhanced penalties. For instance, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car.

Zero tolerance laws are in effect

Individuals who are under the age of 21 are not allowed to possess or consume alcohol. If you are under the age of 21, you could be charged with DUI if your BAC is .02% or higher. Additional penalties may be levied against drivers who are under the age of 18 when charged.

A DUI charge could cause a significant interruption to your personal and professional lives. If convicted, you may have to spend time in jail or find a ride to work for several months or years. An attorney may be able to help you avoid some or all penalties related to a driving under the influence conviction.