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If you are pulled over for drunken driving, what you do next will make a critical difference to your future. Arkansas law is very strict. You could end up with large fines, loss of your driver’s license and even jail time. If you see flashing lights in your car mirror, pull over as soon as you possibly can. Remain composed and be respectful to law enforcement. If they ask for your license and car registration, give it to them quickly and calmly.
If you are asked to take a chemical test, and refuse, be advised that Arkansas has an implied consent law, which means if you refuse you will be subject to a six-month license revocation for your first offense, two years for your second offense and three years for your third. An Arkansas criminal defense lawyer will deal with the test results at a later date. To be considered driving drunk, your blood alcohol level must be at least .02 percent if you are under 21, .08 percent if you are 21 or over and .04 percent if you are a commercial driver. Take note that it is unlawful and punishable as provided for any person who is intoxicated to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle per Ark. Code Ann. § 5-65-103.
For DWI there is no chance that the prosecutor will drop your case. Arkansas law specifically prohibits anyone (even the judge) from reducing a DWI to a lesser charge. However, multiple offense DWI (i.e. DWI – 2nd offense) can be reduced to a lesser DWI (i.e. DWI – 1st offense). For counsel on your specific circumstances, contact our offices.